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Etihad Airways to add first A380 to fleet in 2013, not 2012

1-Mar-2010 4:01 PM

Etihad Airways CEO, James Hogan, confirmed the carrier will not take delivery of the first of ten A380s until 2013, despite a delivery date of 2012, due to “production issues” (Travel Weekly/AAP, 01-Mar-2010). Meanwhile, Etihad has denied reports it plans to launch services to Adelaide in 2011, but has stated the carrier does plan to establish a daily frequency to Brisbane. Mr Hogan also stated the carrier is bidding to win a portion of the AUD500 million (USD449 million) Australian federal government travel contract.