Thursday, January 26, 2012

Expansion by Acquisition, A New GCC/MENA Trend

Etihad Airways just announce its acquisition of a 40% stake in Air Seychelles for US$ 20 Millions. As a result the flights to Mahe will increase from four (4) weekly to daily and several European flights out of Abu Dhabi will carry a joint flight numbers in addition to the presence of Air Seychelles in Etihad sales offices. This follows Etihad's 29.2% stake in Airberlin a month ago.

Not to be left out Qatar Airways has announced that they have selected a target airline in Europe for a major equity stake to be announced in due time. Qatar Airways already has a 35% share of Cargolux.

THY Turkish airlines is interested in LOT polish airlines.

It is worth remembering that Emirates had a 40% stake in Air Lanka for 10 years with a management contract which was terminated in 2008 and Emirates subsequently sold its shares back to the government.

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