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Etihad beats Gulf rivals to become fastest growing foreign airline

By Aneesh Phadnis
July 08, 2015 11:52 IST

Etihad has been able to introduce flights faster than other carriers because of the additional 37,000 weekly seat entitlements granted to airlines from Abu Dhabi in 2013.

Etihad

Image: Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner poses behind a scale model of an Etihad Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jet during a media presentation at Zurich airport near the town of Kloten July 6, 2015. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Etihad has emerged the fastest growing international airline to India with 55 per cent capacity addition over last August.

Jet Airways remains the number one airline serving foreign routes from India based on the number of seats offered and passengers flown.

Air India and Emirates rank second and third in both categories.

Jet Airways flew 6.3 million passengers on foreign routes from India in 2014-15.

Thai Airways

Image: A Thai Airways stewardess attends to a passenger. Photograph: Kind courtesy, Thai Airways

According to a report on anna.aero, a website that analyses airline route planning, Etihad is deploying 29,971 one-way weekly seats from India to Abu Dhabi in August, an addition of 55 per cent over the same month last year.

Etihad has been able to introduce flights faster than other carriers because of the additional 37,000 weekly seat entitlements granted to airlines from Abu Dhabi in 2013.

Etihad Airways added a third daily flight from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi and a daily service from Kolkata to Abu Dhabi in February.

Air India aircraft

Image: Air India aircraft. Photograph: Reuters

In addition, a third daily flight was added from New Delhi to Abu Dhabi in May.

The second and third fastest growing airlines on foreign routes are Air India Express and Thai Airways, according to anna.aero’s report. Air India Express has added flights to Muscat, Dubai, Doha and Kuwait from Mangaluru and Kozhikode, thereby increasing its fleet utilisation.

Jet Airways is fine-tuning business strategies

Image: Jet Airways is offering 88,000 seats on foreign routes in August. Photograph: Kind courtesy, Jet Airways

Jet Airways is offering 88,000 seats on foreign routes in August, a rise of 11 per cent, and Air India is offering over 72,000 seats per week.

Emirates remains the largest foreign airline serving India with over 60,000 seats per week and the Dubai-based airline has added nine per cent capacity to India by over last August.

The only top airline reducing capacity in August is Singapore Airlines, according to the website.

A stewardess posing for a photo in the business class cabin Airbus A380 superjumbo after it landed in Singapore.

Image: A stewardess posing for a photo in the business class cabin Airbus A380 superjumbo after it landed in Singapore. Photograph: Reuters

Singapore Airlines’ seat capacity from India is lower by 2.1 per cent because of a change in aircraft on the Singapore-Kolkata route.

The change was being made in view of seasonal demand, a Singapore Airlines spokesperson said.

Emirates crew

Image: Emirates Airline crew. Photograph: Reuters

TOP 10 CARRIERS ON FOREIGN ROUTES (based on weekly seat capacity)

  • Jet Airways
  • Air India
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Air India Express
  • Qatar Airways
  • IndiGo
  • Air Arabia
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Thai Airways

Source -- anna.aero aviation website

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