has promoted Neerja Bhatia to the position of Vice President - India and Indian Sub-Continent. She had joined the airline in 2004 as Sales Manager Western India, shortly after the airline had launched its flights to Mumbai, its first Indian destination. She then progressed to become Manager for Western and Southern India, before being appointed as General Manager India in 2007.
Danny Barranger, Senior Vice President Sales, Etihad Airways, said, “Neerja has played a key role in the expansion of Etihad Airways in India during the last 11 years and has a wealth of experience and expertise that will be key to the continued alignment of our activities together with our strategic partner Jet Airways in this important geographical area. We are delighted that Neerja will take up her new role, based in Mumbai, to lead Etihad Airways’ commercial activities across the region as we look to expand our sales operations in India, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka.”
Etihad Airways currently operates flights from Abu Dhabi to 11 destinations in India, namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chennai, Kochi, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram.