Etihad Airways thanks key strategic partners in Canada

Published on : Friday, April 18, 2014

Etihad-Airways-300x142Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, hosted a VIP reception in Toronto last night to celebrate the valued contribution of key partners in enhancing air connections between Canada, the UAE and other markets around the world.

The event was attended by James Mueller, Senior Vice President Sales of Etihad Airways, who was joined by more than 150 high-level guests, including government officials, ambassadors, travel agents andtrade partners.


Etihad Guest Gold Elite members and representatives from the airline’s codeshare and equity alliance were also present.

Canada is an important market for Etihad Airways, which has carriedover 750,000 passengers on the airline’sToronto route since the service commenced in October 2005, equal to more than 25 per cent of the city’s 2.8 million residents.


The popularity of the service has been bolstered by a strong and fast-growing trade relationship between Canada and the UAE.

Transactions between the two countries totalled US$1.6 billion last year, almost 95 per cent of which was generated by Canadian exports to the UAE.


The UAE isCanada’s largest merchandise export market in the Middle East and North Africa.

Etihad Airways itself has invested heavily in the Canadian economy, having bought 11 flight training simulators valued at more than US$310 million from Montreal-based manufacturer CAE since 2007.


The airline’s single largest order was in July last year, when it signed a contract for seven CAE simulators, with a list price value of US$200 million.


The simulators are used to train the Airbus and Boeing pilots of Etihad Airways, as well as partner and customer airlines.

Almost 150 Canadians are also employed by Etihad Airways, half of whom are pilots and cabin crew. In Toronto, the airline has 12 employees, led by the country manager James Harrison.

Source:-Etihad Airways

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