Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi to Perth
Cutting the ceremonial first flight ribbon at Rome Fiumicino welcoming the inaugural daily Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi are: Hasan Al Hammadi, SVP Executive Affairs, Etihad; Giorgio Starace, Italian Ambassador to the UAE; Khaled Al Meherbi, SVP Government and Aeropolitical Affairs, Etihad; Lorna Dalziel, Country Manager Italy, Etihad; and Fausto Palombelli, EVP Aviation Marketing Development, AdR.
Passengers and crew were welcomed with a traditional Aboriginal ‘welcome to country’ and dance performance at Perth Airport for the inaugural daily Etihad Airways route from Abu Dhabi. Cutting the ribbon were: Perth Airport EGM, Rowan Chalmers; Etihad Airways GM Australia and New Zealand, Luisa Pastrello; Etihad Airways State Manager, Western Australia, Vincent Frascogna; and Tourism Western Australia’s CEO, Stephanie Buckland.
- Etihad Airways expanded its presence in Italy and Australia this week, with the addition of daily services to Rome Fiumicino (FCO) and Perth (PER) on 15 July. A330-200-operated flights to the Italian capital, the world’s 34th busiest airport, will face direct competition from Alitalia, which flies the 4,345-kilometre route five times weekly. Etihad President and CEO, James Hogan, said: “Italy is a very important market for Etihad Airways and we are delighted to establish a second gateway here, after Milan Malpensa. By starting services to Rome, we have strengthened our commitment to Italy and reinforced the close economic and political relationship it shares with the UAE, which is Italy’s leading trade partner in the Middle East and North Africa region.” Lorenzo Lo Presti, AdR CEO, said: “We are honoured to welcome Etihad Airways to Rome, where the airline’s new daily direct flight to Abu Dhabi represents another major milestone for growing passenger and cargo traffic to and from Italy’s main airport.” Perth became Etihad’s fourth Australian destination, along with Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. It will be operated by a variety of equipment and will face no direct competition. Brad Geatches, Perth Airport CEO said: “We are very excited to welcome Etihad Airways to Perth today. We have been working with the airline for some time now and it is pleasing to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight. The commencement of Etihad Airways’ Perth operations will add approximately 190,000 annual seats from Perth to the Middle East. The Middle East has become increasing popular as a hub for passengers travelling between Perth and North America, as well as for passengers between Perth and Europe.” See how Perth Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.