Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Falcon Aviation Services to add the Abu Dhabi-based helicopter charter service to the growing portfolio of preferred partnerships in Etihad’s new ‘Premium Connect’ travel service offering.

Established in 2006, Falcon Aviation Services is a leading operator in the aviation market, providing a range of premium helicopter services. Operating from Al Bateen Executive Airport, the air service provider is ideally located for quick transfers from the Etihad terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport to a wide range of destinations within the United Arab Emirates.

The agreement between the two companies will enable guests to access a personalised service beyond Etihad’s extensive network. This is the purpose of Etihad’s portfolio of carefully selected Premium Connect partnerships: to enable guests to continue their journey from Abu Dhabi to the rest of the UAE in style.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are pleased to align our brand with Falcon Aviation Services as a unique travel provider well-suited to meet the expectations of our discerning premium passengers. Falcon Aviation Services is committed to high quality services that establish benchmark standards in terms of safety, quality and customer service and therefore an ideal partner for our Premium Connect programme.”

A.J Baker, Falcon Aviation’s Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, said: “Falcon Aviation Services is honoured to partner with Etihad to provide enhanced guest services via Premium Connect. In our luxury helicopters we will provide the same levels of excellent service that Etihad guests have come to expect.”