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Etihad plans four new routes in India this year

Etihad plans four new routes in India this year

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Dubai: UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways, plans to add new routes to four cities in India - Kozhikode, Chennai, Jaipur and Kolkata - over the next year.

Etihad will add Kozhikode, Chennai, Jaipur, Kolkata, Minsk, Moscow and Almaty to its destinations within the next 12 months, James Hogan, the airline’s chief executive officer, said.

Etihad, which will place orders for up to 100 jets, has a mixed fleet of 37 aircraft, heavily tilted towards Airbus - with 28 Airbus and six Boeings.

“Negotiations are in progress. The deal, involving 50 to 100 aircraft is currently in review process. We expect to place the orders sometime this year," Hogan was quoted as saying in Gulf News.

The airline is on course to break even by 2010, he said, as part of a three-year turnaround project to make the airline profitable.

“Although we are planning to add new routes, our immediate objective is to consolidate the existing routes and promote them with additional frequencies," he said.

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