Etihad Airways, the growing Abu Dhabi-based airline, is pushing back against an “exclusive” New York Post report that the carrier has ” has wiped Israel from its flight map.”
The story first appeared online Monday. According to the Post, there are two issues. The first is the map. The story said Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Cyprus are all identified by name in-flight, but not Israel. The second issue concerns whether Etihad is willing to sell tickets to Israelis, who are not permitted to visit the United Arab Emirates, according to the story. Here’s what the Post said:
Etihad also has refused to transport any Israelis, who aren’t allowed in the UAE. In 2010, it even began teaching its flight agents how to identify Israeli travelers by their “accents and traits,” the BBC has reported.
Today we got a response from Etihad’s New York public relations firm via email.
“Etihad Airways emphatically refutes the claims made in yesterday’s New York Post,” the airline said. “Last year, Etihad carried more than 1,000 passengers travelling with Israeli passports. In fact, we do not discriminate in any way and welcome passengers of all faiths and religions, carrying valid documentation.
“Our in-flight maps are industry standard and do not identify countries by name. Our website lists “Israel” as one of more than 150 country options for passenger documentation when booking flights.”
In the United States, Etihad flies to Los Angeles International, Chicago O’Hare, New York JFK and Washington Dulles and
Dallas Fort Worth. (The Dallas flight has been announced but has not yet started.)