Etihad Airways appoints new GM for the Philippines General Travel & Leisure September 12, 20120 Abu Dhabi: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed John Evans as its new General Manager for the Philippines. John has more than 35 years of experience in airline operations including senior management roles at Swissair and Gulf Air in the UK and Thailand. He has transferred to the Manila-based position from Cyprus, where he was Etihad Airways’ General Manager for the past year. Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said he was delighted to welcome John to the airline’s Asia Pacific South commercial leadership team. “John brings to the role a great depth of international sales and general management experience that will guide the next phase of our growth in the Philippines market. The Abu Dhabi-Manila route is one of the most important in Etihad Airways’ network and provides a vital trade, tourism and cultural link between the UAE, the GCC and the Philippines. “With John leading our well-established local team in Manila, we are assured of its continuing success; he added. John assumed his role on September 6, reporting to Mr. Lindsay White, Etihad Airways’ Vice-President for Asia Pacific South and Australasia. Etihad Airways commenced services to the Philippines in February 2006. Today, the airline operates 14 services a week to Manila with a mixed fleet of Boeing B777 and Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured in two classes – Pearl Business and Coral Economy.