Etihad Airways sees India as a key market and is relying on the wide-body Airbus A350 aircraft to meet demand, according to Neerja Bhatia, vice president, Indian subcontinent, Etihad Airways.
"The connection between India and the United Arab Emirates has a long history. The UAE's proximity to India is also advantageous. There is a sizable Indian diaspora in the UAE; for all Indians working and residing there, it is a home away from home... For us, India is a critical market "Bhatia explained.
India’s demand prospects are similarly bright, thanks to the country’s booming economy, rising middle-class income, and increased student and corporate travel.
While demand for aircraft has increased globally due to an increase in leisure and corporate traffic, the aviation industry’s present issues include rising fuel prices, which have risen sharply since the Russian-Ukraine war.
As a result, airlines have had to reroute their flights, resulting in longer flight times and greater expenses.
“The biggest source of suffering is ATF prices, with varied approaches resulting in greater costs,” Bhatia noted.
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