Etihad Airways has appointed John Friel as
General Manager for South Africa.
Based in Johannesburg, John is responsible
for leading Etihad Airways’ commercial operations in South Africa
as it continues to grow its presence and operations across the
John, a 16-year veteran in the travel sector,
has a strong understanding of managing the challenges and
opportunities within the industry having worked for a number of
leading international airlines, where he developed excellent
contacts and worked closely with the tourism industry and across
the aviation and travel trade, both in South Africa and abroad.
He joined Etihad Airways in June 2014 as
Regional Business Development Manager in South Africa.
“We are very excited to have John take up his
new position at our South African office where he will continue to
drive commercial success for the airline in cooperation with its
partners,” said Maurice Phohleli, Etihad Airways’ Vice President
Africa Sub-Sahara and Indian Ocean. “South Africa is a very
important market for us and John has a wealth of commercial
management experience and the right credentials to accelerate the
growth of our business there.”
Etihad Airways operates seven flights a week
between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg. This, combined with a new
daily service operated by its codeshare partner, South African
Airways, scheduled to start on 29 March, will provide passengers
with a double-daily service between South Africa and the UAE, with
access to key destinations on Etihad Airways’ fast growing global
network in the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, Europe and North
The airline has plans to launch new daily
services to Entebbe and Dar es Salaam in May and December this
year, bringing to 11 the total number of routes into Africa and
the Indian Ocean, alongside Cairo, Casablanca, Johannesburg,
Khartoum, Lagos, Mahé, Male, Nairobi and Tripoli.
Born in Scotland, John has been living in South
Africa with his family since 2002.
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