The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced a partnership to launch the IATA Travel Pass.

The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help passengers manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. Initially being offered to Etihad’s passengers in the first quarter of 2021 on selected flights from Abu Dhabi, if successful, it will be extended to other destinations on the airline’s network.

“COVID-19 tests and vaccinations will be key to get the world flying again. A high priority for Etihad is for our guests to have an easy, secure and efficient way to identify and verify their information. Being one of the first airlines globally working with IATA as a pioneer partner on the IATA Travel Pass is a big step forward for Etihad’s guests and for the industry,” said Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer, Etihad Aviation Group.

The Pass will enable travellers to create a ‘digital passport’ to receive COVID test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey. Importantly, it will keep passengers in control of their data and facilitate the sharing of their test with airlines and authorities for travel.

It will also make it convenient for passengers to manage travel documentation throughout their journey.

“We applaud Etihad’s efforts around standardising passenger wellness and campaigning for a united regulatory response to restore confidence in flying and give governments the confidence to re-open borders,” said The Travel Authority Group’s CEO, Peter Hosper.

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ETIHAD’S Global COVID-19 Insurance

Etihad Airways is introducing COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover as part of the airline’s health and hygiene program—Etihad Wellness.

So, what’s it all about?

Etihad passengers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip won’t have to worry about medical expenses or quarantine costs.

If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while you’re away from home, Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance will cover up to EUR150K of medical costs, and up to EUR100 per day of quarantine costs in case of a positive diagnosis for 14 days.

“This is a welcome initiative by the national carrier of the UAE. While we’re still a way from anything resembling a ‘normal’ flying environment, program’s like this play an important role in rebuilding passenger and client confidence.”

Peter Hosper – CEO, The Travel Authority Group.

All Etihad tickets, regardless of date of booking, traveling between now and 31 December 2020 will include the COVID-19 insurance. If you have an existing booking you don’t need to do anything—you will be automatically enrolled into the program.

The insurance is valid worldwide for 31 days from the first day of travel.

“The introduction of global COVID-19 insurance, in partnership with AXA, builds on stringent measures already in place as part of our Etihad Wellness program” said Duncan Bureau, Senior Vice President Sales and Distribution, Etihad Airways.

“This additional cover will not only instil confidence to travel but also reassure our guests that we are doing all we can to keep them safe and protected. As more countries start opening their borders, we are making it as easy as possible for our guests to plan their next trip, hassle free,” Bureau added.

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ABU DHABI: Etihad’s Free Stopovers Offer!

For a limited time, Etihad customers can explore Abu Dhabi on the way to their next destination with a FREE two-night stopover.

Simply book a multi-city flight via Abu Dhabi on Etihad, and you can book a free two-night stay in Abu Dhabi. This brilliant offer applies to new Etihad bookings made by 01 March 2020, for travel until 30 November, 2020.

Free stopovers are available on the way to or from your final destination.

Simply book an eligible multi-city flight via Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways, tell us which Abu Dhabi hotels you’d like to stay at for free, and we’ll do the rest.

Hotel choices include

  • Aloft Abu Dhabi
  • TRYP by Wyndham Abu Dhabi
  • Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
  • Ramada Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Ramada Abu Dhabi Corniche
  • Pearl Rotana Capital Centre
  • Hotel Ibis Abu Dhabi Gate
  • Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi Downtown
  • Centro Al Manhal Abu Dhabi
  • Radisson Blu Yas Island
  • Premier Inn Abu Dhabi International Airport
  • Hotel Novotel Abu Dhabi Gate
  • Crowne Plaza Yas Island
  • Courtyard by Marriott WTC
  • Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

In recent years, Abu Dhabi has rolled out an astonishing suite of brilliant infrastructure and tourism projects.

Abu Dhabi city sits on an island connected to the mainland and numerous adjacent islands by sweeping freeways and bridges, making getting around a breeze.

Ferrari World sits between Yas Mall and Yas Marina Circuit on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.

From the gleaming city fringed with beaches and waterways, to the luxury seaside resorts of Saadiyat Island and the family-friendly playground of Yas Island, and out into the stunning desert regions, an Abu Dhabi stopover will leave you wondering why you didn’t stay longer.

For a taste of what’s on offer, take a look at what our very own Autumn Moser, Senior Corporate Consultant at The Travel Authority Resource in Fremantle, thought of her recent visit.

If you’d like to stay for longer than 2-nights, ask us about Etihad’s exclusive 2-for-1 stopover package. Available for stays up to four nights, the package includes exclusive rates in Abu Dhabi’s premium 4* and 5* star hotels, as well as discounts on tours and activities.

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Terms & Conditions
Available to guests flying anywhere on the Etihad global or EAP network, transiting via Abu Dhabi. Minimum stay of 18 hours in Abu Dhabi applies. Valid for bookings made in any fare choice within any class on Etihad Airways issued tickets starting with 607. Includes frequent flyer redemption bookings, award upgrades or cash plus miles promotions. Valid for tickets issued from 7 April 2019 – 1 March 2020 only. Within the campaign period, changed or amended tickets will still be eligible for a free stopover as long as they include a minimum transit period in Abu Dhabi of 18 hours, regardless of the original ticket issue date. Valid for travel and hotel accommodation from 20 April 2019 to 30 November 2020, excluding blackout dates during major events and conferences. These include but are not limited to World Future Energy Summit (WFES), Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), Formula 1TM (F1TM), Islamic Public Holidays (Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha), Christmas & New Year Festive Period. Please check availability online at the time of booking. Valid for adults travelling on one-way or return tickets, transiting through Abu Dhabi for more than 18 hours. The free stopover can only be used on one leg of the journey, via Abu Dhabi. The second leg will be payable by the Guest at the Abu Dhabi stopover rates. Offer consists of up to two (2) consecutive night’s free accommodation at selected partners. Free Stopover offer cannot be split across separate legs of the journey to avail multiple free accommodation offers.
For any flights that do not fall within the specified periods, any other available rate at the time of booking will be offered Hotel accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking and we reserve the right to offer an alternative hotel of a similar standard. No liability will be accepted where flight bookings have been made and/or tickets issued if no hotel availability exists. The stopover conditions of the applicable fare of your ticket will apply, including additional charges for adding a stopover plus any applicable taxes. Please read the terms and conditions on your ticket carefully. Free stopover bookings are not eligible for upgrade to a higher class of room or suite. The lead person on the booking must be at least 21 years old.
Hotel rates are inclusive of a 10% service charge, 3.5% tourism fee, 2% municipality fee and 5% VAT known at the time of producing this tariff. Etihad Airways reserves the right to adjust without prior notice the quoted rates accordingly to reflect any increase or changes in the amount of government or municipality fees and/or taxes as applicable in the UAE. For hotel bookings in Abu Dhabi, an additional fee of AED 10 per room per night applies. Guests must settle all additional fees directly with the hotel. This is a voluntary promotion run by Etihad Airways and can be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the airline(s). All accommodation must be pre-booked 72 hours (three days) prior to the arrival date at the hotel , based on the promotional sales period from 7 April 2019 – 1 March 2020. No hotel reservations will be permitted after this date, regardless of when the flight ticket was issued or actual travel date. Any reservations made directly with a hotel do not qualify for the offer and cannot be amended by Etihad Airways without exception. Reservations made directly with a hotel do not qualify and cannot be amended by Etihad Airways without exception. Hotel reservations can be made for up to two adults and one child (under 12 years old) or three adults on a room-only basis, subject to the hotel’s policy on maximum room occupancy. An extra bed can be requested for reservations with children under 12 or third adult at an extra cost, subject to availability, and must be paid directly at the hotel. Travel companions must travel on the same date and flights with the guests eligible for the Free Stopover to be eligible to share accommodation. All extra charges incurred during the stay (including breakfast, meals, laundry, room service and telephone) are the responsibility of the guest. These must be paid directly to the hotel. A credit card will be required upon check-in.
To cancel, please contact at least three (3) working days before you are scheduled to arrive at the hotel. Cancellation charges will apply otherwise. Specific and more restrictive cancellation charges will apply during peak periods, for instance public holidays, exhibitions, conferences, special events, Formula 1, Eid Holidays, Christmas and New Year. The cancellation charges for the respective hotel will be informed at the time of booking. Exceptions might apply. For hotels that offer 24-hour check-in or check-out, guests will have access to their room for 24 hours from the time of check in.
Etihad Airways reserve the right to cancel any stopover booking that does not meet these terms and conditions. This offer does not constitute a package for the purpose of the EC Directive 2015/2302 on package travel and linked travel arrangements. Any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdictions of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Courts and laws of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Separate terms and conditions will apply to flight and hotels booked in separate transactions.
Offer exclusions:
Offer is not available for guests whose final destination is the United Arab Emirates. Offer is not valid for guests starting their journey from the United Arab Emirates. Offer is not valid for unaccompanied minors or children travelling without an adult over 21 years of age. Offer is not valid on group bookings, staff tickets or travel industry-discounted tickets. Visas are not provided within this promotion. You can purchase a UAE Visa by visiting No liability will be accepted where flight bookings have been made and/or tickets issued if no hotel availability exists. Does not include airport transfers. Does not include hotel stay in Dubai or any other emirate in the United Arab Emirates. Not valid in conjunction with any other promotional offer except Abu Dhabi Stopover.

WE KNOW: Etihad Business Class

Sarah Bush, Director of The Travel Authority Group, hit the skies again recently, flying long-haul from Sydney with Etihad Airways.

This trip enabled Sarah to experience a few things for the first time. Those being a first visit to The House lounge at Sydney Airport, and a first time flying during Ramadan.

Observed by Muslims, Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer and reflection. Sarah wondered how flying during Ramadan might influence the service offered by a Middle-Eastern carrier.

Very little, it turns out.

“Save for a special Ramadan offering on the in-flight menu, you wouldn’t even know. Those not fasting enjoyed the full service of F&B on the ground and in the air”, reports Sarah.

Ramadan continues until 04 June, 2019.

On board, Sarah found the hardware comfortable and practical.

“Mine was a good, comfortable business class seat with decent size TV, a nice little amenity pack, and plenty of storage for books, glasses, laptop and shoes”, says Sarah.

And The House lounge?

“The House is a lovely space of tranquility. There’s loads of casual seating and a beautiful little restaurant with proper tables, cutlery and napkins, and a good snack menu served directly to you by very friendly and welcoming staff”, Sarah reports.

The House is a new lounge brand launched by the airline in collaboration with No1 Lounges to create a ‘stylish and contemporary airport lounge experience in keeping with Etihad’s design and guest experience philosophy.’

Sarah flew on an Etihad Boeing 777-300ER, and was seated in seat 10C.

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is rolling out a new seating option called ‘Economy Space’ across its fleet of wide-body aircraft to enhance its product offering and to provide more choice on longer flights.

The redesign increases the number of extra legroom seats in Economy from 20 to 80 on this type of aircraft. Please note, however, this is not a ‘Premium Economy’ seat, more an Economy-plus affair.

From 15 December 2018 all A380 flights to London, Paris, Sydney and New York will have additional Economy Space seating, giving guests the benefit of up to a 36-inch seat pitch for a small additional fee.

The airline has advised The Travel Authority that Economy Space seating will inhabit rows 41 to 47, and additional fees are expected to be:

Abu Dhabi to Sydney v.v. AU$250.30 each way
Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow v.v. AU$208.60 each way
Abu Dhabi to Paris v.v. AU$159.90 each way
Abu Dhabi to New York v.v. AU$250.30 each way

Pricing is subject to change due to currency fluctuations and other factors.

In addition, by the end of 2019 Etihad will have also added additional Economy Space seats to 12 Boeing 777s and 21 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. This will increase the total number of extra legroom seats by 560 per cent.

“Etihad’s Economy Space seats are an interesting enhancement to an already excellent Economy Class experience. We think they will be popular with leisure travellers looking for a bit more space without the premium required to fly Etihad’s Business Class”, said The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

Jamal Ahmed Al Awadhi—Etihad Airways Head of Guest Experience—stated, “While many airlines have been squeezing more seats into economy class, we continue to focus on providing our guests with exceptional products and services that meet and exceed the demands and budgets of different types of travellers.”

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