ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Etihad Airways Statement on Today's German Court Ruling:
Etihad Airways is deeply disappointed by the German court's decision handed down today. We are reviewing the judgement and will file an appeal against the decision early next week.
Etihad Airways owns 29.2 percent of airberlin, Germany's second largest airline.
The social and economic damage to Germany by this decision is significant.
The withdrawal of approval for codeshare services on 29 routes materially reduces competition and consumer choice within and beyond Germany and causes inconvenience to passengers.
Notwithstanding, we will continue to stand by our partner, airberlin, to promote competition and offer a superior product and travel experience.
We will continue to honour all booked itineraries.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to or has announced plans to serve 116 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and approximately 200 aircraft on firm order, including 66 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and five Airbus A380s.
Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com
SOURCE Etihad Airways