As of 15 May, when Amsterdam became a part of Etihad Airwaysí global network, the Abu-Dhabi home-based airline decided to obtain the BARIN membership.
Jean Paul Drabbe has been appointed General Manager for The Netherlands, and will represent Etihad Airways on the Board of Airline Representatives In the Netherlands (BARIN).
Etihad operates a daily Amsterdam-Abu Dhabi service and flights will be operated by a two-class A330-200.
Etihad already serves 17 European cities including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier has already detailed plans to add Sao Paulo, Washington DC and Ho Chi Minh City in 2013.
Etihadís codeshare partner KLM is also planning to step up its flights to daily from the summer, taking the partners to two daily frequencies.
The airlines already cooperate on KLMís flights to Billund, Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo and Stavanger, as well as Etihadís Colombo, Islamabad, Lahore, Melbourne and Sydney flights.
Under the new agreement, Etihad will also place its code on KLMís flights to Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds Bradford, Madrid, Nice Stockholm and Toronto.
In return, KLM will place its code on Etihadís flights to Baghdad, Basra, Calicut, Cochin, Dhaka, Erbil, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Chennai, Male, Peshawar, Seychelles and Trivandrum.
By 2020 Etihad is aiming to serve more than 100 destinations with a fleet of more than 150 aircraft.