United Arab Emirates’ national carrier Etihad Airways announced the launch of Zurich, Switzerland-based Etihad Regional.
The regional carrier will be operated as a partnership with Switzerland's Darwin Airline, which is based in Lugano. Etihad Regional's first aircraft to feature the new livery is a 50-seat Saab 2000. By June 2014, the livery will be featured across an all-Saab fleet of 10 aircraft.
James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said the carrier is looking to form other strong regional airline partnerships around the world to connect them with its own "rapidly expanding global network." Darwin is the fourth European airline to partner with Etihad Airways.
"What makes Etihad Regional unique is the way Etihad Airways and its equity alliance partners, in particular Airberlin and Air Serbia, can also feed passengers into the regional network," said Maurizio Merlo, CEO of Darwin Airline.