Etihad has announced that it will be putting through a number of aircraft changes on its Frankfurt and Rome routes this summer and, depending on the cabin you like to book, this news could be positive or negative.
Etihad is offering US-based customers a $25 discount per person on all its flights to the UAE, India and Pakistan. Clearly this isn't a major saving but it's a saving nonetheless and, as it's valid for all cabins and valid per person (not per booking), it should be useful to quite a few people.
Etihad is currently offering a 20% bonus on the sale of its miles and this could signal a good opportunity to buy miles cheaply with a view to using them on American Airlines for great value saver awards....if you can find availability.
Unlike Emirates (an airline which has more A380 aircraft than most other airlines put together) Etihad has just 10 Airbus A380s and right now those aircraft serve just 5 of Etihad's worldwide destinations. From July the airline is adding a 6th - Seoul.
Etihad has launched an Economy & Business Class sale for departures out of London and Manchester and if you don't like having to take positioning flights into Europe (to catch the excellent Qatar Airways Business Class deals) then this sale appears to offer the next best set of Business Class deals between the UK and Asia.
Believe it or not Etihad has only just turned 15 years old (it feels like it's been around a lot longer than that) and the airline is celebrating its Birthday by launching a few Business Class and Economy Class promotional fares out of London and Manchester. Not only do the promotional fares offer a discount on what the airline usually charges but they also come with a free 2-night stopover in Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad - i.e the airline will pay for your hotel.
Etihad has announced that it has now fully launched its "Deal Fare" which was trialled late last year and this makes the airline the first of the 3 big Middle Eastern airlines to introduce a "hand baggage only" (HBO) fare.
Back in December 2017 Etihad embarked on yet another "let's try to stop losing money" venture when it began offering its amenity kits for sale to all and sundry. At the same time the airline also started to offer a limited number of food and drink items for sale in the Economy Class cabin in addition to the complimentary items already offered - now that "buy onboard" range has been expanded.
It wasn't all that long ago that Etihad was truly one of the best airlines you could fly and I loved redeeming AAdvantage Miles for travel in the airlines' A380 Business Class cabin. Sadly things are a bit different now.
A roundup of some of the news I've noticed over the past 48 hours including details of Emirates' new flights to Chile, news that Starbucks is going down a path that I don't understand and news that Etihad is apparently so desperate for cash that it's cutting another premium cabin benefit.