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About Etihad Regional
Etihad Regional was the brand name of Darwin Airline SA from January 2014 to July 2017. This was disbanded once Etihad Airways sold its 33% stake to the owner of Adria Airways, the parent company of Darwin Airlines in November 2013. The airline previously also operated flights on behalf of Alitalia. Its bases were located in Geneva Airport (GVA) and Lugano Airport (LUG). Etihad Regional was a Swiss regional airline with its head office in Bioggio, Lugano.
The first Darwin aircraft showcasing the Etihad Regional brand started operating from Lugano and Geneva in January 2014; the airline announced that 10 of its Saab 2000 aircraft would be rebranded to showcase the Etihad livery by mid-2014.
Etihad Regional in February 2014, canceled the scheduled flights between Berlin to Wrocław and Poznań, in addition to Zagreb-Rome. Later that same year in October 2014, many other destinations like Lyon, Turin, and Stuttgart were also cancelled. Moreover, flights from Lugano and Zürich, which were flown on behalf of Swiss International Air Lines, were also ended as the Swiss airlines cancelled the contract in October 2014.
This was the same trend that would follow in the following year, where the airline cancelled further destinations such as Linz and Toulouse. Etihad Regional ceased over around 70% of its scheduled services that included scheduled services to Germany, France, and many others. However, the airline continued to operate some of their domestic and European routes from Geneva and Lugano in addition to the Italian domestic routes from Bolzano to Rome whereas, many of the other services to Zürich were cancelled apart from the route to Geneva. Etihad Regional claimed that this was due to its competitors as well as the failed development by the Swiss aviation authorities.
All of Etihad Regional operations ceased in 2017 and Adria Airways new brand replaced the fleet and current route network by September 2017, with all Etihad Regional branding being taken off the website.
The airline had scheduled flights to a number of destinations within Europe. These destinations include Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Croatia.
Carry-on baggage could not go above the maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm, with a maximum weight of 8 kg.
Due to health and safety reasons, all liquids packed in your carry-on baggage must not exceed the maximum of 100 ml. Fail to do so would result in confiscation.
The airline permitted one piece of hold baggage, not exceeding 23 kg, for Economy class and two pieces of baggage for those travelling in Business Class.
Etihad Regional was only offered online check-in on some routes. Online check-in opened 24 hours before departure, closing 1-hour prior to departure.
Airport check-in was 1 hour 30 minutes before departure for domestic travel and two hours prior to departure for international travel.
The airline operated a fleet of 10 aircraft:
Geneva Airport (GVA) was one of the hubs for Ethiad Regional. This airport mainly serves a network of flights to European metropolitan and leisure destinations but also operates long-haul flights to America, China and the Middle East. In 2018, Geneva Airport handled over 17 million passengers. This airport only has 1 runway which is 3,900m long - this runway is the longest runway in Switzerland and one of the longest in Europe.
Geneva Airport has 2 passenger terminals: Terminal 1 and Terminal 1. Terminal 1, is the main and new terminal which is split into 5 piers, A, B, C, D and F. Terminal 2 only operates flights during the winter season. T2 at Geneva Airport is old and has very few facilities, there is only one restaurant and no duty-free shops where you can shop at.
This airport is also a hub for EasyJet Switzerland. Other airlines that fly from this airport include Aer Lingus, Air Canada, Air France, Air China and many more.
The airline didn't have a frequent flyer program
Etihad Regional had previously announced a partnership with Panasonic to provide inflight entertainment for its passengers. This partnership meant that passengers flying with Etihad Regional would be able to watch the latest movies and TV shows on electric devices. In-flight entertainment was only available on select Etihad Regional flights.
Etihad Regional allowed pregnant women to fly without medical permission until they were 28 weeks pregnant. From week 28 until week 36 of pregnancy, pregnant women were allowed to travel only if they could provide a medical certificate stating that they were 'fit to fly'. However, after the 36th week of pregnancy, Etihad Regional didn't allow pregnant women to travel on their flights.