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A $4000 Eye Mask? Only On Virgin Atlantic

A $4000 Eye Mask? Only On Virgin Atlantic Sep 4th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Virgin Atlantic has done it again – this time teaming with Swarovski crystals to create the most over-the-top flight accessory we've seen in some time, a $4,000 sleep mask decorated with crystals depicting sunglasses ranging from the classic Wayfarer to the shutter shade made famous by Kanye West. The cheeky masks, which, sans crystals, are now part of the Economy Class amenities kit,...

The continuing rise of Gulf state carriers

The continuing rise of Gulf state carriers Feb 28th, 2012 at 10:00AM: The rise of Gulf state carriers continues to impress. These airlines, which have defined themselves in part as hub-and-spoke carriers linking Europe (and the eastern coast of North America) to Asia, have developed exciting route maps over the last several years with a particularly strong reach into the Arabian Peninsula and India. While other airlines have recently attempted to develop...

Etihad Airways launches direct service to Washington, DC

Etihad Airways launches direct service to Washington, DC Feb 24th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Etihad Airways will begin daily nonstop flights from Washington, DC to Abu Dhabi on March 31, the airline announced. "No other UAE carrier is offering nonstop services between DC and the UAE, so this capital-to-capital link is a huge opportunity for Etihad Airways," said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive. The Washington region is home to America's second largest market...

Etihad thinks they are ready for the big time

Etihad thinks they are ready for the big time Dec 10th, 2008 at 10:30AM: A few years ago, Etihad Airways was an upstart. Sure, it has grown at least 40% each year since its 2003 birth, but that trend can't be sustained with the economy the way it is now. Right? The Abu Dhabi-based carrier is adding destinations to its roster rapidly. New routes include Beijing, China and Melbourne, Australia. In the US, it is only possible to catch an Etihad flight out of JFK. But,...

Airline Claims it Will Save $20 Million by Increasing Fuel Efficiency

Airline Claims it Will Save $20 Million by Increasing Fuel Efficiency Nov 3rd, 2008 at 2:00PM: Etihad Airways has announced that it is on track to save $20 million this year because of the success of its fuel-saving techniques. The airline has taken steps to reduce weight and improve engine performance by increasing the number of engine washes and reducing cruising speeds. The fuel-saving strategy is not a last desperate attempt to stay in business. Etihad has been wildly successful over...

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