Etihad Airways Briefs Major Institutions at Financial Roadshows in New York and
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/05/13 -- Etihad Airways, the
national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, is hosting 450
representatives from global leasing, financial markets and banking
communities at financial roadshows in New York and London.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan,
said the airline had been undertaking the annual financial roadshows
since 2008 to brief major financial institutions on its strategy and
"We are developing enduring relationships in a competitive
environment so that we can continue to build a resilient and
diversified access to the financial markets.
"As part of our briefings we are speaking to institutions from many
markets offering diverse products and solutions, so that we know
what's on offer and so that we can explain our business and finance
strategy in this phase of Etihad Airways' rapid and sustained growth.
"It is important that financial institutions around the world
understand our story and are comfortable investing in Etihad Airways.
This is how we take them on the journey," Mr Hogan said.
Etihad Airways' Chief Financial Officer, James Rigney, also expanded
on the airline's future financial strategy.
Ricky Thirion, Etihad Airways' Vice President and Group Treasurer,
discussed the financial risk management strategies the airline has in
Etihad Airways recorded a leap in net profit of 200 per cent to US$42
million in 2012 and a rise of 16 per cent in EBITDAR (earnings before
interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and rentals) to US$753
Etihad Airways has attracted support from more than 60 institutions
globally, which now provide more than US$7.1 billion in cumulative
funding for the airline's ongoing expansion.
The airline works with banks from across the globe representing every
major market in Asia, the Gulf states, Europe and North America.
"Our bankers understand and trust what we are doing and share the
vision we have to be the best airline in the world," Mr Hogan said.
Etihad Airways has been successful in building the first 'equity
alliance', with investments in Air Seychelles (40 per cent),
airberlin (29.21 per cent), Virgin Australia (9 per cent) and Aer
Lingus (2.987 per cent).
This strategy continues to build momentum in Etihad Airways' business
model, which is outside the thinking of traditional, legacy
alliances. In 2012, for example, partner airlines contributed
approximately 20 per cent of passenger revenue.
Fuel, however, continues to be the most significant cost for the
airline, accounting for around 40 per cent of total operating costs,
before fuel hedging gains. Actively hedging 80 per cent of fuel costs
with 22 financial institutions minimised the impact of the increase
in global oil prices during 2012.
Etihad Airways currently has 76 per cent of its fuel costs hedged for
2013, 44 per cent for 2014, and 19 per cent for 2015.
Mr Hogan said Etihad Airways was committed to a diversified finance
strategy, which included traditional and emerging finance mechanisms
across financial institutions in different regions.
"We are very careful to balance our risk and not be reliant on any
one institution, market or funding type."
Etihad Airways uses a variety of funding forms, including commercial
debt, Islamic structures, operating leases, tax leases, and European
and US export credit agency supported financing.
The funding is used to grow the fleet of new, fuel-efficient
aircraft. In 2008, Etihad Airways placed an order for 205 aircraft,
100 firm and 105 options, in order to secure capacity for the next
decade of growth.
The airline will take delivery of 14 aircraft in 2013: six passenger
widebody (B777-300ER), three freighter widebody (B777F, A330), and
five narrowbody (A319/A320/A321) aircraft.
In September 2012, the airline issued a request for proposal (RFP) to
finance nine widebody aircraft for delivery in 2013 worth
US$1.5billion. Fifty-five bids were received in response to the
request and all of the aircraft have been mandated for financing with
four lessors and lenders.
An RFP will be issued soon to finance four A320s and one A321
aircraft for delivery between August 2013 and January 2014.
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates,
began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million
passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad
Airways serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle
East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet
of 71 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 90 aircraft on firm order,
including 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft.
Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air
Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus. For more information,
please visit: www.etihad.com
For more information contact:
Etihad Airways Corporate Communications
Dir: +971 (0) 2 511 3410
Mob: +971 50 818 2397
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