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Etihad appoints country managers for Philippines and Brazil

By Staff

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways on Tuesday announced appointments of country managers in the Philippines and Brazil.

It appointed Juan Torres as General Manager for the Philippines.

This is Juan’s second posting to the Republic of the Philippines with Etihad Airways; he was the airline’s General Manager, based in Manila, from October 2006 to March 2010.

Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said the airline was delighted to welcome Juan Torres back to Manila following successful terms as General Manager in Tokyo as well as Brazil, where last year he launched Etihad Airways’ new Abu Dhabi- São Paulo services.

“Juan is one of the most experienced airline executives in our global commercial team and it’s with pleasure that we welcome him back to the Philippines. His previous assignment in the Philippines has equipped him with a deep understanding of the Philippines market and strong stakeholder relationships.

“Much has changed for Etihad Airways and its relationship with the Philippines since Juan helped launch our services to Manila in 2006. Back then we operated a schedule of four weekly A330-200 flights; today, we serve the Philippines capital with two flights a day and a larger-capacity Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

“The experience Juan has gained in Japan and Brazil will be a great asset to the airline as it continues to drive its commercial and brand building programs in the Philippines.”

Etihad appointed Christophe Didier as its General Manager for Brazil.

Christophe joins Etihad Airways from Delta Airlines where he held a number of senior sales positions in Latin and North America. Prior to that, he worked in senior sales and marketing roles in Air France where he started his career in 1989.

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Christophe brings to Etihad Airways more than 24 years of aviation and commercial management experience along with first-hand knowledge of the Latin American market.  He has the right credentials to accelerate the growth of our business in Brazil.”