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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Etihad signs MoU with Falcon Aviation Services, second preferred partner in 'Premium Connect' portfolio

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Falcon Aviation Services to add the Abu Dhabi-based helicopter charter service to the growing portfolio of preferred partnerships in Etihad'snew 'Premium Connect' travel service offering.

Etihad signs MoU with Falcon Aviation Services, second preferred partner in 'Premium Connect' portfolioEstablished in 2006, Falcon Aviation Services is a leading operator in the aviation market, providing a range of premium helicopter services. Operating from Al Bateen Executive Airport, the air service provider is ideally located for quick transfers from the Etihad terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport to a wide range of destinations within the United Arab Emirates.

The agreement between the two companies will enable guests to access a personalised service beyond Etihad's extensive network. This is the purpose of Etihad's portfolio of carefully selected Premium Connect partnerships: to enable guests to continue their journey from Abu Dhabi to the rest of the UAE in style.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad's Chief Commercial Officer, said: "We are pleased to align our brand with Falcon Aviation Services as a unique travel provider well-suited to meet the expectations of our discerning premium passengers. Falcon Aviation Services is committed to high quality services that establish benchmark standards in terms of safety, quality and customer service and therefore an ideal partner for our Premium Connect programme."

A.J Baker, Falcon Aviation's Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, said: "Falcon Aviation Services is honoured to partner with Etihad to provide enhanced guest services via Premium Connect. In our luxury helicopters we will provide the same levels of excellent service that Etihad guests have come to expect."

For more information on Premium Connect and Falcon Aviation Services, visit Etihad Airways Premium Connect online.


About Etihad
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2010 carried more than seven million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad serves 67 cities in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America (New York, Chicago and Toronto), with a fleet of 57 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. For more information, please visit: www.etihadairways.com.

About Falcon Aviation Services
Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) was formed in early 2006 under the initiative of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. With its main operating base at Al Bateen Executive Airport, situated only 10km from the City Centre of Abu Dhabi, FAS helicopter and corporate jet fleet services include corporate jet charter, helicopter tourism, aerial photography & filming, aerial banner advertising, offshore/on-shore oil & gas support, aircraft maintenance and aircraft managerment. FAS is a founding board member of the Middle East Business Aircraft Association (MEBAA). For more information, please visit www.falconaviation.ae.

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