Is Emirates Taking Over Etihad To Create World’s Largest Airline?
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Emirates is trying to take over Etihad to become the world’s largest airline. Bloomberg is reporting that Emirates is in early talks to take over Etihad‘s airline assets, which would create the world’s largest airline by passenger traffic.

The talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Emirates acquire the main airline business of Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, which would keep its maintenance arm. The negotiations could yet fall through, they said.

Both airlines initially declined to comment before later denying that any talks were underway. Were a transaction to go ahead, the enlarged airline operation would be bigger than that of American Airlines. Any deal would require the blessing of the rulers of the richest sheikhdoms in the United Arab Emirates.

The airlines have traditionally been arch rivals, with their hubs competing to attract the same transfer passengers making long-distance trips between Asia and the West. Emirates hubs in Dubai and offer a world-leading First Class but a rather average Business Class. Etihad also has an excellent First Class with its Etihad apartments, but its Business Class is generally thought to be better than the Business Class you find on Emirates.

For more detail on the best First Class you can read our article Emirates Vs. Etihad in First Class.

Read all my Emirates and Etihad First and Business Class Flight Reviews below:

Emirates And Etihad First And Business Class Flight Reviews
Emirates First Class Flight Reviews
Emirates First Class Flight Reviews

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Luxury Travel Diary frequently flys with Emirates in First Class and reviewed their long-haul flights. Our trip reports can be found below. We've also reviewed Emirates flights in Business Class. Emirates has more than 240 wide-body planes in its fleet, carrying more than 40 million passengers to more than 100 destinations in the world per year. The Dubai-based airliner is also the largest operator of the Airbus A380, with 74 of this aircraft type currently in its fleet and 66 more on order.

Etihad First Class Flight Reviews
Etihad First Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with Etihad a number of times and have reviewed their long-haul flights in First Class. My trip reports can be found below. Etihad in First on the A380 is outstanding with onboard showers! I rate the Middle Eastern Carriers; Qatar, Etihad and Emirates as the top airlines for First Class and have compared Emirates Vs. Etihad Vs. Qatar Airways to rank which is the best Airline in the Middle East. They all also feature in my top 10 best business class airlines in the world.

Etihad Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews
Etihad Long Haul Business Class Flight Reviews

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I have flown with Etihad many times and have reviewed their long-haul flights in Business Class. My trip reports can be found below. I rate the Middle Eastern Carriers and have compared Emirates Vs. Etihad Vs. Qatar Airways to rank which is the best Airline in the Middle East. They all also feature in my top 10 best business class airlines in the world.

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