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Etihad Appoints New Vice President Guest Services

Etihad Appoints New Vice President Guest Services

Etihad Airways has appointed Linda Celestino as the airline’s Vice President Guest Services.

Linda Celestino

Linda Celestino

Linda Celestino has more than 25 years’ experience in the airline industry having held senior positions in her native Australia and the Middle East, as well as being President of the New York-based Airline Passenger Experience Association.

Most recently, she was General Manager Inflight Services and Product at Oman Air where she was responsible for cabin crew selection and training, as well as the guest experience.

Rick Allen, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Operations, said: “We are delighted to welcome Linda to Etihad Airways. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this crucial role, which focuses on one of the most important aspects of our business – the guest.”

Linda started her career as cabin crew at Ansett Australia, progressing to become a Senior Manager in Guest Services and Guest Experience.

As President of the Airline Passenger Experience Association in New York, she played an important role in setting new standards of guest experience and service on an international level.

As Vice President Guest Services at Etihad Airways, she will be responsible for 6,000 cabin crew to ensure safe, inspired, consistent and innovative services, both onboard and across the airline’s global lounges

Linda said: “It is a tremendous privilege to be appointed Vice President Guest Services for Etihad Airways. The airline has established itself as a world leader and pioneer in the hospitality and aviation industries and I am excited to begin work with my new team and building the guest offering even further.”

She takes over the post of Vice President Guest Services from Aubrey Tiedt, who has moved to a new role as Chief Customer Officer at Alitalia.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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