Etihad To Launch New Regional Airline

Etihad Airways has announced its plans to launch its first regional subsidiary, Emirates Regional. The new venture follows the airline's acquisition of a 33.3 per cent stake in Swiss carrier, Darwin Airline, which is still subject to regulatory approval. Darwin Airline will rebrand its operations and align its network to connect passengers from secondary European markets onto the main networks of Etihad and its equity alliance partners. Etihad Airways will also launch daily services on 1 June 2014 from Abu Dhabi to Zurich. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' CEO, said: "This is a step-change for Etihad Airways. With our new partner Darwin Airline, we are creating a unique approach to network development for global airlines.”

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