Prague Seeking More Long-Haul Routes: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 28, 2016
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Etihad Airways, which now owns a stake in both Air Berlin and Alitalia, announced a consolidated profit of $103 million during 2015. In all, the Abu Dhabi-based airline has equity shares in seven carriers as well as more than 50 code-sharing deals.
Qatar Airways has increased its stake in IAG, which owns British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia. Though an exact percentage was not given, Qatar CEO Akbar al-Baker said that the Gulf carrier had increased the size of its stake from 9.99 percent to somewhere around 12 percent.
Mauritius is bidding to become a major hub for connecting flights between Asia and Africa. The Indian Ocean nation has signed a memorandum of understanding with Singapore Changi Airport that could lead to it becoming a major link on flights between Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition to Singapore Airlines, Silk Air and Tiger Airways, Mauritius also announced a new service from Kuala Lumpur on AirAsia. The flight will start later this year.
Lufthansa has until August to exercise an option to buy Brussels Airlines. There is a rumor that the German national carrier will merge the Belgian airline with its own low cost wing, Eurowings.
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