Etihad Regional confirms Swiss majority ownership
Responding to regulatory investigations, Etihad Regional, a licensed brand used by Lugano-based Darwin Airline SA, says it is a majority Swiss-owned airline. It has a Swiss management and makes an important contribution to the Swiss economy through increased employment, business travel and tourism. Darwin Airline's financial functions and operational control, including continuing airworthiness management, are all based in Switzerland.
Details of the strategic alliance were submitted to Switzerland's federal office of civil aviation (Foca) in October 2013. Swiss investors have retained a 66.7% stake in the airline and no substantial Swiss interests will be compromised by the investment by Abu Dhabi (UAE)-based Etihad Airways.