4-May-2010 11:02 AM

Etihad Airways will not launch separate LCC but would consider all-economy

Etihad Airways CEO, James Hogan, ruled out plans of introducing a separate low cost carrier, but would remain open to the option to launch all-Economy flights (Emirates Business 24/7, 04-May-2010).

Etihad Airways:I think we are capable - we already have 15 A320 aircraft. That gives us the frequency and the depth that we need to cater to passengers in the GCC, the Middle East and India. We also use them to Minsk and Moscow. Predominantly, we are a two-class airline, and our customers expect a two-class vision. We also have to take into account the capacity of Abu Dhabi airport. So, at this stage, we don't see the need to go for one class. We monitor the market very carefully and feel the two-class proposition meets the requirements of the market. But we do have the flexibility, if we need to change,” James Hogan, CEO. Source: Emirates Business, 04-May-2010.