Etihad Airways has appointed Nabil Matarweh Hijazine
as the airline’s country manager for Iran.
Based in the capital city Tehran, Mr Hijazine
will be responsible for managing the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s
commercial operations throughout Iran.
Mr Hijazine has 24 years of experience in
commercial aviation, working within the Middle East and Africa for
a number of international airlines.
Prior to joining Etihad Airways, Nabil worked as
country manager for Qatar Airways in Algiers and, before that,
Jordan. He has also held a variety of senior sales positions in
Jordan working for Emirates, Air France, British Airways and Royal
Jordanian Airways. In addition to his airline experience, Nabil
has also managed a leading travel agent in Jordan.
Etihad currently flies three times a week
between Abu Dhabi and the Iranian capital of Tehran.
Geert Boven, Etihad Airways’ executive vice
president sales and services, said, “Nabil’s extensive commercial
experience in the Middle East will be invaluable in his new role
as our country manager in Iran. He understands the challenges
faced by the aviation industry and the importance of the Iranian
market in the global growth plans of Etihad Airways.”
Etihad’s presence in the Iranian market could
expand significantly following the recent signing of a memorandum
of understanding between the United Arab Emirates General Civil
Aviation Authority (GCAA) and the Civil Aviation Organisation of
Islamic Republic of Iran (CAOIRI).
Under the new agreement, Etihad Airways has been
granted flying rights to operate 43 additional weekly flights
between Abu Dhabi and the five Iranian cities of Tehran, Shiraz,
Mashhad, Esfahan and Kish.
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