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Etihad cleared to acquire more

Etihad Airways has welcomed the decision by the Australian Government to allow it to increase its equity stake in Virgin Australia Holdings to a maximum of 10%. Etihad currently has a 4.99% stake in Virgin Australia, acquired earlier this year, and had applied to Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) to raise the level of its investment. The purchase was made following the development of a highly successful multi-tiered partnership between the two airlines that includes code-sharing on flights, joint marketing initiatives and reciprocal earn-and-burn on their respective frequent flier programs. Together, Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia currently operate 24 flights per week between Australia and Abu Dhabi offering Australian travellers and visitors to Australia greater choice and access to a combined network of more than 285 global destinations. Go to http://www.etihadairways.com for more.

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