Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has expanded its business with the launch of charter and special flight services. This fully customisable offer enables business and leisure guests to choose from a variety of flight options including a dedicated passenger service, cargo-only flights, or a combined passenger and cargo package.
Alex Featherstone, Etihad Airways’ VP of network planning & alliances said, “While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to impact the commercial aviation industry, charter flights provide a convenient alternative to travel, providing customers with the flexibility to choose the departure time, destination and routing.”
Etihad has flown over 500 charters during 2020, including passenger, government and humanitarian flights. Over 3.8 million tonnes of cargo has been transported for the government of Abu Dhabi as part of the national aid programme using charter services.
Guests will benefit from Etihad Wellness, the airline’s health and safety programme, which ensures that high standards of hygiene are maintained on charters flights at every stage of the journey. This includes specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, a first in the industry, who have been introduced by the airline to provide essential travel health information and care on the ground and on every flight. As part of the Etihad Wellness programme, global Covid-19 insurance cover is included for all passengers travelling with Etihad.
Etihad also charters flights for sports teams, including a last-minute flight for Manchester City Football Club in 2019 to help them continue the Asia pre-season tour after they faced a delay on their initial journey.