I have heard that as well. From what I gather from the bits of info left and right I would assume that with Etihad flying to GVA
I think the EK
would not like to lose out.
Despite the fact that the flights from GVA
to Abu Dhabi are not very full, around 80-50 pax per flight, I am sure Emirates would like to have an imposing presence at wherever Etihad would be! That is why it would make sense to me....unless they had planned this route long before but were waiting for the aircraft!