ETIHAD AIRWAYS IS THE KIND OF Persian Gulf carrier that frustrates the chief executives of European legacy airlines: Determined to expand its global footprint through the aggressive use of sixth and seventh freedom rights, always in talks with Airbus or Boeing for a large aircraft order and controlled by a shareholder that is keen to put its home base on the world map--and has plenty of petrodollars to do so (ATW, 2/08, p. 80). "We intend to be the global airline from Abu Dhabi," CEO James ...

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