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In support of the UAE's Year of Giving, Etihad Airways unveiled plans for a new philanthropic project confirming that it will donate AED1 (USD0.27) to Emirates Red Crescent Society from every flight ticket sold in the UAE.

Etihad Guest, Etihad Airways' loyalty programme, has celebrated the signing of its five millionth member by gifting 500,000 miles and an upgrade to gold status to the milestone member, Rashid Al Shehhi, who joined the rewards scheme while applying for an ADIB credit card.

Reflecting the growing demand for Airbus A380 services, Etihad Airways has recently announced the deployment of an additional superjumbo on its twice daily flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) flight, replacing the Boeing 777-300ER previously used.

Etihad Airways has been unveiled as the official airline partner of the 2019 Special Olympic World Summer Games (SOWSG), an event set to bring more than 7,000 athletes from 170 nations to Abu Dhabi in March 2019.

Michael Berlouis has been announced as the new chief financial officer of Air Seychelles.

Etihad Airways and Lufthansa have concluded a codeshare agreement, whereby the German airline will place its LH code on Etihad Airways' twice daily non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt and its twice daily non-stop services between Abu Dhabi and Munich.

Etihad Airways, in association with Lakmé Fashion Week, hosted fashion designer Manish Malhotra, in Abu Dhabi, as part of the airline's latest initiative as the preferred carrier of the global fashion industry.

Etihad Airways has unveiled plans for the deployment of its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to key Levant and Far East markets this year.

In January, more than 2.2 million passengers passed through Abu Dhabi International Airport (ADIA), representing a year-on-year boost of 2.6 percent.

Latvian carrier airBaltic is set to launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi, in cooperation with Etihad Airways, as its the codeshare partner on the route.