Etihad’s Virgin stake hits 10% cap

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 3, 2012
Etihad now owns a 10 per cent stake in Virgin Australia. (Andrew McLaughlin)

Etihad Airways has doubled its stake in alliance partner Virgin Australia to 10 per cent, buying 221 million shares on the open market in the six weeks since it received clearance from the federal regulator.

“Our small equity stake reflects the strong working relationship of both airlines and again demonstrates our enduring commitment to the Australian market,” Etihad CEO James Hogan said in a statement. “We support the management strategy of Virgin Australia and will continue to work closely with them on ways to improve our business.”

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad and Virgin Australia current operate 24 code share flights per week and cooperate on frequent flyer benefits and joint marketing.

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Mr Hogan again denied that Etihad has any interest in becoming a majority shareholder or taking control of Virgin Australia. Etihad also holds equity investments in Air Berlin, Air Seychelles and Aer Lingus.

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  • Bill

    says:

    It was mentiond earlier in this piece by, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, that the FA-18 Hornet replaced the Mirage fighters. I thought the F-111 ‘Ardvark’ replaced the Mirage jets around 1967 till 1999 such as the Raaf 6th squadron. If my memory serves me correct the aircraft served our country well until they were superseded by the Hornets, which by the way are an exceptional fighter also.

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