Etihad seeking increased Virgin Australia stake

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 12, 2014
A Virgin Australia 777 used for international services.
A Virgin Australia 777 used for international services.

Virgin Australia may be on track to announce a $50 million first half loss, but the parlous state of Australia’s airline system has not discouraged Etihad Airways from seeking to increase its stake in Virgin Australia Holdings.

“Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has applied for regulatory approval to increase its stake in Virgin Australia from 19.9 per cent to 22.9 per cent,” Etihad announced in a statement released Tuesday evening.

“Under investment “creep provisions” of the Corporations Act, Etihad Airways can increase its shareholding in Virgin Australia by up to three per cent every six months, subject to approval of Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). Etihad Airways has lodged an application with the FIRB.”

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4 Comments

  • Dane

    says:

    It’s doing better than Qantas at least

  • Ante C

    says:

    Qantas are not going to be happy at all.

  • Patrick Kilby

    says:

    Dane no sre you can say it is doing better than Qantas in terms of scale (it is 20% the size of Qantas).

  • Henk Luf

    says:

    No doubt Etihad is seeking to expand its influence worldwide and Virgin is just one example. Air Berlin is another.

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