More than 700 delegates from the airline industry have gathered in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, for the International Air Transport Association’s inaugural World Financial Symposium, which opened today at the city’s Jumeirah Etihad Towers conference centre.
Delegates were welcomed to the conference by His Excellency, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is host airline for the prestigious event. In his opening presentation, the airline’s President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said Abu Dhabi was not only one of the world’s fastest-growing commercial centres, but also a growing hub for international aviation.
Mr Hogan said Etihad Airways would continue to grow through a mix of organic growth, codeshare partnerships and minority investments in some strategically-important airlines.
The airline will also continue to invest in new fleet and industry-leading product, and from December 2014 will introduce two new long-haul aircraft types, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 super jumbo, both of which will deliver new, industry-leading in-flight product.
The IATA World Financial Symposium, with the theme “Supporting Sustained Airline Financial Health”, will conclude tomorrow afternoon.