Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is not interested in joining a global alliance even as it copes with the impact of the global downturn (ATWOnline, Feb. 5). Speaking to ATWOnline in Washington last week, CEO James Hogan reiterated his opposition to participating in one of the big three alliances, a view shared by other carriers in the Gulf region such as Emirates. "We have no desire to move into any alliance. . .what we are focused on is strong bilaterals with specific airlines," he told this ...

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