Etihad Airways' owner, the government of the United Arab Emirates, expects a return on its investment by 2009, VP-Commercial Geert Boven told ATWonline. The government invested AED500 million ($136 million) to have its own national carrier, yet "we have to run the airline as a commercial enterprise. The government expects return on investment within the four or five years after its launch in 2003," according to Boven, who admitted the government is seeking recognition as an important player ...

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