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Etihad celebrates fifth year of service to Philippines.

Summary: DUBAI - Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer James Hogan is visiting the Philippines this week for meetings with the country's leaders and business and trade partners as part of the airline's fifth anniversary of service to 
the republic.

DUBAI - Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer James Hogan is visiting the Philippines this week for meetings with the country's leaders and business and trade partners as part of the airline's fifth anniversary of service to 
the republic.

Hogan held talks with the President of the Republic of Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III at Malacanang Palace and Vice-President Jejomar (Jojo) Binay about opportunities to increase trade and international tourism to the Philippines. In a Press statement issued on Thursday, Hogan said: "The Philippines is one of the world's best kept secrets and has enormous appeal as a holiday destination for travellers from the Middle East and Europe.

Etihad is committed to doing more with the Philippines Government and its tourism board to grow the economic benefits of tourism to the country and our business. The extra two weekly B777 services we plan to operate between Abu Dhabi and Manila by the end of the year -- bringing to 14 the total number of weekly flights -- will be a key stimulus for this growth."

Hogan, who was accompanied by senior Etihad executives Khaled Almehairbi and Hasan Al Hammadi, met Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Bautista. Etihad and Philippine Airlines operate codeshare services between Abu Dhabi and Manila. Hogan also hosted a VIP lunch and a cocktail event for more than 400 dignitaries and special guests including UAE Ambassador to the Philippines, Moosa Al Khajah.

During his visit, Hogan presented 10 of the airline's 25 staff in Manila with commemorative five-year service awards. He thanked the entire Etihad staff in the Philippines for their commitment and contribution to the airline's success over its first five years. 


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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:May 19, 2011
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