Etihad Regional takes to the skies in new livery

Etihad Regional, a rebranded carrier formed through a 33.3 per cent stake taken by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, made its inaugural flight from Geneva on 23 January 2014 to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.


Etihad Regional takes to the skies in new livery


Etihad Regional, a rebranded carrier formed through a 33.3 per cent stake taken by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline, made its inaugural flight from Geneva on 23 January 2014 to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. The flight was operated using one of the airline’s fleet of 10 Saab 2000s – the first aircraft to feature the Etihad Regional livery.

Etihad’s chief executive officer James Hogan said the new carrier, which is operated by Darwin Airline opens up an “exciting world of opportunity and flexibility.” The venture currently offers flights to 15 destinations in Europe but Hogan said that by the middle of this year that figure will rise to 34. “We are building a strong regional airline that will link European cities and provincial centres, as well as connect to the broader and rapidly expanding global network of Etihad Airways through seven European gateways of Amsterdam, Belgrade, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Paris, Rome (from July), and Zurich (from June).”

Hogan said the Etihad Regional network would also connect with the company’s equity alliance partner Airberlin in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Zurich, providing onward connectivity to destinations in Europe and North America.