Etihad elevates Neerja Bhatia as VP for India & Subcontinent

By: |
Mumbai | September 03, 2015 8:06 PM

UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, which owns 24 per cent in Jet Airways, today elevated Neerja Bhatia as its vice-president for India and the Subcontinent.

Etihad AirwaysUAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, which owns 24 per cent in Jet Airways, today elevated Neerja Bhatia as its vice-president for India and the Subcontinent. (Reuters)

UAE flag carrier Etihad Airways, which owns 24 per cent in Jet Airways, today elevated Neerja Bhatia as its vice-president for India and the Subcontinent.

Bhatia joined Etihad, for which India is the largest market, in 2004 as sales manager for western India, shortly after the airline launched its flights to Mumbai.

She moved on to become manager for western and southern India, before being appointed as India general manager in 2007.

Commenting on her elevation, Etihad senior sales vice-president Danny Barranger said Bhatia has played a key role in the expansion of Etihad in India during the last 11 years.

She will be based in Mumbai and will lead Etihad’s commercial activities across the region as we look to expand our sales operations in India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, the Seychelles and Sri Lanka.

Etihad currently operates flights from Abu Dhabi to 11 destinations in the country–Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram.

Together with strategic partner Jet, in which it invested over Rs 2,800 crore for a 24 per cent consideration, both the airlines fly between Abu Dhabi and 14 Indian cities, operating more than 200 return flights each week.

Etihad began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers from across all the continents using a fleet of 111 aircraft. It also has over 200 aircraft on order– 69 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and nine Airbus A380s.

Etihad holds equity investments in Airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia, and is in the process of formalising an equity investment in the Swiss-based Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE, NSE, US Market and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, Check out latest IPO News, Best Performing IPOs, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Financial Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest Biz news and updates.

Next Stories
1COVID crisis: HUL to provide 4,000 oxygen concentrators to India
2Twitter donates USD 15 mn for COVID-19 relief in India
3FSS and Zwipe to offer contactless cards globally