A Critical Examination of Etihad Airways Equity Alliance Strategy using a Case Study Approach

38 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2019

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Surendranath Jory

University of Southampton - Southampton Business School

Abdelhafid Benamraoui

University of Westminster

Hakan Tunahan

Sakarya University - Sakarya Business School

Umut Sanem Çitçi

Izmir Bakircay University

Date Written: February 4, 2019

Abstract

In 2011, Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan entered into an equity alliance with several airline companies globally to counter the growth of its Persian Gulf rivals of Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways. This strategy led to Etihad holding interests (mostly minority interests) in eight other airline companies principally from Australia, India and Europe (five from Europe). Etihad encountered more failures than successes with these investments, which ultimately led to the departure of CEO James Hogan in 2017. This case study paper examines the factors that impacted Etihad’s egocentric alliance. The research findings suggest that minority equity investments in struggling airline companies in developed, highly-regulated and competitive markets are risky bets. Etihad’s equity alliance also suffered from CEO overconfidence and hubris.

Keywords: gulf airlines, equity alliances, strategic alliances, airline alliances, minority ownership, governance issues

JEL Classification: G34, M13, M14, M16

Suggested Citation

Jory, Surendranath and Benamraoui, Abdelhafid and Tunahan, Hakan and Çitçi, Umut Sanem, A Critical Examination of Etihad Airways Equity Alliance Strategy using a Case Study Approach (February 4, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3328520 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3328520

Surendranath Jory (Contact Author)

University of Southampton - Southampton Business School ( email )

Southampton, SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom

Abdelhafid Benamraoui

University of Westminster

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

Hakan Tunahan

Sakarya University - Sakarya Business School ( email )

Turkey

Umut Sanem Çitçi

Izmir Bakircay University ( email )

Gazi Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi
Kaynak Caddesi Seyrek Menemen
Izmir, 35660
Turkey

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