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Etihad Airways Opens European HQ in Berlin

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Etihad Airways has unveiled its new European headquarters in Berlin, enhancing the airlines presence in the German domestic market and further cementing its strategic relationship with airberlin.

Located in the heart of Berlins historic Potsdamer Platz, the new office houses both Etihad Airways European and Germany sales and marketing teams, and includes joint Etihad Airways-airberlin reservation and ticketing counters.

The office is located on the eighth floor of an iconic Richard Rogers-designed building on Linkstrasse. The architect is also known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and both the Lloyds building and Millennium dome in London.

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said, Germany remains a critically important part of Etihad Airways growing passenger and cargo network, and while much of Europe continues to face challenges linked to the prevailing euro crisis, the German inbound and outbound travel is performing well for us.

Etihad Airways Vice President Europe, Joost den Hartog and Etihad Airways General Manager Germany, Philip Lewin will lead the respective Etihad Airways Europe and Germany teams at the new Berlin office.

In total, 35 Etihad Airways employees will work in the new facility, 25 of whom are German, with the rest coming from the UAE, the Netherlands, Egypt, India, Italy, Pakistan, Morocco, the UK, and Switzerland.

Mr Hogan added, 2013 marks our ninth year of operations to Germany, the largest outbound travel market in Europe. Last year, we carried 47% more guests (530,351) to and from Germany compared to 2011, and that was due to better load factors to and from Frankfurt and Munich, the launch of our daily Dusseldorf service, and strong feeder traffic coming from airberlin. Cargo also proved resilient as tonnage carried to and from Germany was up 18% to 52,000 tons.

Etihads most popular destinations for German travellers are Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne, Shanghai and Kuala Lumpur.

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