Etihad gets green light on Darwin stake

Etihad Airways has been given Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) approval for 33.3 per cent investment in the Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airline.


Etihad gets green light on Darwin stake


Etihad Airways has been given Switzerland’s Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) approval for 33.3 per cent investment in the Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airline. Since January 2014, Lugano-based Darwin Airline has operated as Etihad Regional under a brand and partnership agreement with Etihad Airways. FOCA’s approval of the Etihad Airways investment now enables the two companies to leverage fully the benefi ts of their partnership, including codesharing on each other’s fl ights within and beyond Europe.

James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said the investment was in line with the growing trend of consolidation in the airline industry to ensure the continuation of viable, reliable and stable air services, and to maximise flight connectivity. Nevertheless, Hogan expressed disappointment that opportunities for Etihad Airways and Etihad Regional diminished or were lost due to the long regulatory review process, “which prevented introduction of important codeshare services designed to link and strengthen the networks of the two airlines.”