Etihad to increase frequency to the Maldives for the summer months

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Etihad has announced that they will add 4 addition weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Male, the capital of Maldives, between July 1 and September 17 2017.

This will be in addition to the daily flight they are already operating to this island paradise, making it 11 weekly flight between the two capitals.

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American Offering up to 50% extra miles when purchasing miles.

American Airlines AAdvantage program is now offering a promotion if you want to buy miles, specifically up to 50% bonus miles for free, depending on how many miles you do want to buy.

I know it might sound a little bit off topic for the Sandpit to be talking about AAdvantage miles, however, there is a (actually 2) very good reasons behind it. First of all, American Airlines is part of the OneWorld alliance, meaning that their miles can be used to redeem flights with Qatar Airways. Secondly, they are also a partner with Etihad Guest, meaning that you can use AAdvantage for flights with Etihad.

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2016 and what to expect in 2017

So, 2016 has come to and end, and 2017 is just about starting.

It has been the first year for this blog, but hopefully I will be able to keep it going for a while longer. It has been my first attempt at blogging, and there has been a lot to learn, and a lot of mistakes made. I am still trying to learn as much as I can, but as long as my daily average hits is in the area of 12-18 readers pr day I guess it will be a while longer before I can resign from my current job and become a full time traveler and blogger ;D

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Etihad Airways voted best international airline by readers of Condé Nast Traveller India

Etihad has published the following press release:

Etihad Airways’ excellence in service and hospitality has been recognised once again with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier winning the Best International Airline Award at the annual Condé Nast Traveller India Readers’ Travel Awards 2016.

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates was presented with the accolade at a prestigious awards ceremony attended by illustrious travel industry peers at The Lodhi Hotel in New Delhi.

Now in its sixth edition, the Condé Nast Traveller India Readers’ Travel Awards recognise excellence across different sectors of the travel industry – from airlines, hotels and cruise lines, to destinations, spas and luxury resorts.


The latest honour comes in the same week as Etihad Airways won the world’s leading airline award at the World Travel Awards for the eight consecutive year during a glittering ceremony in the Maldives.

Etihad Airways’ renowned dedication to innovation, quality service and comfort was recognised in the Condé Nast readers’ poll carried out over two months. The airline was singled out for its revolutionary and best in-class innovative designs, together with offering a superior customer experience.

India is one of Etihad Airways’ key markets, operating 252 scheduled flights a week with strategic partner Jet Airways from 15 cities across the country to Abu Dhabi, with onward connections to destinations worldwide.

Neerja Bhatia, Etihad Airways Vice President Indian Subcontinent, said:“It is a great honour for Etihad Airways to be recognised by travellers for reaching these heights in one of the most dynamic aviation markets in the world. This year has been extra special for us in India as we introduced our flagship Airbus A380 with award-winning interiors on the Mumbai – Abu Dhabi route.

“Condé Nast Traveller represents the world of luxury and this award is testament to our world class product and service, as well as our commitment to the India market, recognising the passion and dedication of our employees here and globally.”

Etihad Airways and Jet Airways together fly one in five travellers to and from India – the biggest combined market share of any international carrier. Indian cities served are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Mangalore, Mumbai, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram.

Next year, Chandigarh, Kannur and Tiruchirappalli will be introduced to the Etihad Airways / Jet Airways route network between India and the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, taking the total weekly frequency linking both markets to 280 scheduled flights. With onward connections via Abu Dhabi to cities across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and North America, as well as a large network offering in Asia and Australia, Etihad Airways has become the airline of choice.

In May this year, Etihad Airways introduced its A380 to the Indian market, operating a daily scheduled flight between Mumbai and the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub. The A380 features Etihad Airways’ signature The Residence – the only three-room suite in commercial aviation – nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios, and 415 Economy Smart Seats.

Since its inception in the US in 1989, the Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards have been widely regarded as the people’s choice awards. The prestigious travel title has subsequently expanded its awards to sister publications around the world.

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Etihad Airways wins top Airbus A380 accolade

Airbus, manufacturer of the A380 aircraft, has presented Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the award for ‘Top Operational Excellence’ for A380 operations in 2015-2016.

The Etihad Airways A380 fleet recorded a remarkable 99.63 per cent operational reliability between January 2015 and October 2016, the highest of all 13 airlines which operate the Airbus A380 aircraft.

Operational reliability is a standard international index measuring flight operations subject to delays or defects. High performance in this index verifies the operating capability of the airline and the priority given to maintenance and safety management.

Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Engineering, said: “Our entire team is totally focused on achieving the highest levels of reliability across our fleet. The A380 has been a fantastic addition to our fleet over the past two years and this award demonstrates excellence and the success of our ongoing close cooperation with Airbus.”

The award was presented by Christian Fremont, Airbus Head of A380 Programme Support, at Airbus’s A380 Symposium in Munich, Germany, this week.

Etihad Airways has eight Airbus A380s in service, with two more scheduled for delivery. The aircraft operates from the carrier’s Abu Dhabi hub to London, New York, Mumbai, Melbourne and Sydney.

Etihad wins ‘worlds leading airline’ award for 8th consecutive year

Etihad Airways has once again collected the ‘World’s Leading Airline’ award at the 23rd annual World Travel Awards (WTA) Grand Final Gala Ceremony 2016. This marks the eighth consecutive year that the airline has received the prestigious accolade. Last night’s beachside event was held before an audience of the industry’s leading luminaries and international media at the idyllic Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Beach Resort in the Maldives.


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Up to 600 dirhams cashback with CitiBank Creditcards

Citbanks best card for earning miles with Etihad, Emirated and Qatar Airways
Citbanks best card for earning miles with Etihad, Emirates and Qatar Airways

Citibank is now offering up to 600 dirhams cashbak if you apply for any of their credit cards online.

The only requirement for getting the cashback is that you have to spend at least 5000 dirhams on the creditcard to get 300 dirhams statement credit, or 10000 dirhams to get 600 dirhams credited back to your account. This means up to 6% back on your spends for the first 10.000 dirhams you spend on the card, a better deal than most deals you can find out there right now.


The promotion seems to be valid for a selection of CitiBanks Credit Cards, my favorite that I am currently using myself is the Premier Miles, where you earn Citi miles on all your spends, which you can then credit to any airline program you choose (Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways and many others) at a 1:1 ratio, making it an excellent currency if you are not particularly loyal to just one of them.

CitiBank's Cerdit Card Promotion
CitiBank’s Crrdit Card Promotion

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Etihad expands their Boeing 787 Dreamliner operations

Etihad Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
Etihad Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Etihad has just taken delivery of their 10th Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, and as such they are expanding the network the Dreamliner is operating on.

On October 30 2016 they started daily fights between Abu Dahbi and Ryadh in Saudi Arabia, and 3 days later, on November 2nd 2016 they also started daily flights to Johannesburg, South Africa.

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30% discount on Etihad economy and business class – 2 days only!


A special offer is available with an exclusive 30 per cent discount off available fares when staff, their friends or family purchase Economy or Business Class tickets online to any destination on the Etihad Airways network between November 8 and 12, for travel between January 15 and June 30, 2017.

Bookings under this offer can be made on using promotion code STFBUS for Business Class and STFECO for Economy Class travel.

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Etihad and Jet Airways expands Abu Dhabi – India services


etihad-jet-aiorwaysJet Airways and Etihad have announced that they will be expanding their services between Abu Dhabi and India.

Etihad currently owns a 24% share of Jet Airways, and they have had a tight partnership for a while now, and with this latest expansion plans it seems to be getting even tighter.

From early 2017 Etihad and Jet Airways will expand by an additional 28 weekly flights between Abu Dahbi and India, and adding 3 new Indian cities to their network connection directly from Abu Dhabi.

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