ETIHAD AIRWAYS AWARDS FIRST WINNER OF "RACE TO GOLD" CHALLENGE IN PAKISTAN
July 06 - 12, 2009
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates presented Ferrari goodie bags to their first two winners, of the "Race to Gold" Challenge, Mr. Majid Khan of Travel Point, Faisalabad and Mr. Syed Mateen Bukhari of American Express Travel Related Services, Islamabad.
As official sponsor of the 2009 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the "Race to Gold" the promotion open to the staff working at the travel agencies across Pakistan, who sells two Diamond First Class tickets or four Pearl Business Class tickets may enter the contest repeatedly having met the entrance criteria. The first 10 lucky draw entrees will receive the Early Bird Prize from Ferrari. Following the six week promotion, two lucky winners will be announced each week who will win exciting prizes from the world renowned brand, Ferrari.
Amer Khan, Country Manager Etihad Airways Pakistan said, "On behalf of Etihad Airways I heartily congratulate our very first Ferrari Gold Winners and I invite all our travel trade partners across to participate in this draw."
The lucky draw will be held weekly throughout July with exciting Ferrari goodie bags for the winning trade partners. The grand draw will be held at the end of the six week promotion on 5th August and 10 Gold Coins will be awarded to 10 lucky winners.
ETIHAD AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES RECORD-BREAKING US$14 BILLION AIRCRAFT ENGINE ORDER
Etihad Airways has chosen GE Aviation, Rolls-Royce, Engine Alliance* and International Aero Engines (IAE)** to power the new Airbus and Boeing aircraft that it ordered at last year's Farnborough International Airshow.
The Farnborough deal included 100 firm orders and options and purchase rights for a further 105 aircraft, which will be delivered between 2011 and 2020.
The Abu Dhabi-based national airline of the United Arab Emirates announced firm orders today at the Paris Air Show for:
• 78 GEnx engines, to power its 35 new Boeing 787 aircraft
• 45 Engine Alliance GP7200 engines, to power its 10 new Airbus A380 aircraft
• 44 IAE V2500 engines, to power its 20 new narrow-body Airbus A320 aircraft
Rolls-Royce and GE Aviation will supply engines for the airline's new Airbus A350 fleet and future Boeing 777 aircraft deliveries, respectively, as previously announced at Farnborough:
• 50 Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, to power its 25 new Airbus A350 aircraft
• 22 GE90 engines, to power its 10 new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft
The firm orders for 239 engines, which include 19 spares, are worth US $7 billion at list prices, including maintenance contracts.
If all options and purchase rights are exercised, the total number of engines will be 469, at a list price value of US $14 billion***, including maintenance contracts. This represents the largest engine order in commercial aviation history.
Etihad Airways' chief executive James Hogan said: "Despite the tough economic challenges currently facing the aviation industry, Etihad Airways continues to roll-out its long-term expansion plans in a measured, considered and controlled manner.
"The new aircraft, and engines that will power them, are scheduled for delivery between 2011 and 2020 which demonstrates the confidence we have in our plans for sustainable future growth. These plans will establish Etihad Airways as the world's leading airline and our hub of Abu Dhabi as a leading global centre of commerce and tourism.
"We are operating in a very challenging environment at the moment but we have absolute confidence in our future, intrinsically linked to the exciting and on-going development of Abu Dhabi, as well our engine and aircraft manufacturers partners."
A key selection criterion in all of the deals has been the environmental performance of the engines. The engines Etihad Airways has chosen for its wide-body long range aircraft are amongst the most technically advanced and fuel efficient available and will help maintain the airline's fleet as one of the greenest in the sky.
Mr Hogan added: "Following a comprehensive research and an intensive competition, we are now able to announce the engine manufacturers for the remaining 65 aircraft: 35 Boeing 787s, ten Airbus A380s and 20 Airbus A320s. The deals represent the best overall engines solution, taking into account operational, environmental and financial factors."
David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation, said: "We are extremely honoured that Etihad Airways has chosen the GEnx and GE90-115B engines to power its Boeing 787 and 777-300ER aircraft. We look forward to enhancing Etihad's fleet with the unmatched reliability, performance, and maintenance benefits these two engines will provide, as well as providing the airline with world-class service and support for years to come."
Jim Moravecek, Engine Alliance President, said: "We are delighted with Etihad Airways' GP7200 engine selection for its new fleet of Airbus A380 aircraft. Our best-in-class fuel consumption product on the aircraft and our commitment to fulfil Etihad's service needs will enable them to maximize revenue generation activities at the lowest operating costs possible. We look forward to playing a role in Etihad's growth plans for the region and beyond."
Etihad Airways has selected the IAE International Aero Engines V2500 to power its new fleet of 20 Airbus A320-family aircraft. The engines are particularly suitable for Middle East operations and are able to perform consistently well in high temperatures. The airline already operates a fleet of ten V2500-powered aircraft with three more to be delivered later this year, and was the launch customer for V2500 SelectOne- in the Gulf Region.
Jon Beatty, IAE President and CEO, said: "The V2500 has already demonstrated its reliability since it entered Etihad's fleet in December 2007 and this repeat order validates the engine's performance. We look forward to continuing a successful relationship with the airline."
Since its establishment in 2003, Etihad Airways has been recognised as the fastest growing airline in commercial aviation history. It flies to more than 50 global destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America and this year is on course to carry seven million passengers.