Ms 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, Ms Celestino 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.

Linda Celestino 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’m excited to begin work with my new team and building the guest offering even further.”

Ms Celestino 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.