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Etihad Airways has said it is com­mit­ted to a strate­gic part­ner­ship with Jet Airways that con­tin­ues to be strong and healthy. The Gulf car­rier’s as­ser­tion comes amid re­ports that Jet Airways is in ex­ploratory talks to sell stake to Delta Air Lines. With 24 per cent stake, Etihad is a strate­gic part­ner of Jet Airways. An Etihad spokesper­son said both air­lines con­tinue to en­joy a strong and healthy re­la­tion­ship. “We re­main com­mit­ted to our strate­gic part­ner­ship which has grown to be­come the largest car­ri­ers of in­ter­na­tional traf­fic to and from In­dia with one in five pas­sen­gers fly­ing with Etihad Airways and Jet Airways. “To­gether, we op­er­ate 257 ser­vices each week, each way be­tween Abu Dhabi and 15 cities across In­dia,” the spokesper­son said. Stress­ing that spec­u­la­tion of any­thing to the con­trary is com­pletely mis­guided and mis­in­formed. The spokesper­son said the dy­namic part­ner­ship with Jet Airways has re­sulted in in­creased ben­e­fits for trav­ellers. The re­sponse was to queries on whether Etihad is look­ing to sell its stake in Jet Airways. A lead­ing full-ser­vice car­rier, Jet Airways flies to 65 des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing in the Mid­dle East, Europe and North Amer­ica. Jet Airways, with a fleet of 113 air­craft, has code share pacts with var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional air­lines, in­clud­ing Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Air­lines and Air France.

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