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Etihad Airways deploys Boeing 787 for Geneva

Etihad Airways launched its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Abu Dhabi – Geneva route beginning with the summer schedule.

Geneva is the second Swiss destination after Zurich served by Etihad Airways’ next generation aircraft. The three-class aircraft features eight First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats, replaces the Airbus A330s previously operating daily on the route, and offers additional cargo capacity.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “In addition to maintaining attractive timings for guests travelling between Abu Dhabi and Geneva, we will create further suitable connections in many markets that will benefit more travellers to conveniently connect to Geneva via our Abu Dhabi hub.”

The new generation aircraft environmental performance brings a number of operational advantages, such as a 12% reduction in fuel consumption compared to previous aircraft on the route and a concomitant substantial reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Another advantage of the Dreamliner’s new technology are the noise emissions that now lie significantly below the permissible limits.

The airline currently has a fleet of 19 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners operating from Abu Dhabi to 18 destinations worldwide – Amman, Amsterdam, Beijing, Beirut, Brisbane, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Madrid, Melbourne, Nagoya, Perth, Riyadh, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Washington and Zurich.

Etihad Airways launches flights to Baku

Etihad Airways launched its first-ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Baku. The route will be operated three times a week using a 136-seat Airbus A320, configured with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy Class. The new flights will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The inaugural flight, EY297, departed Abu Dhabi carrying a special delegation including diplomats, dignitaries, media representatives, and senior members of Etihad Airways’ management team. On arrival in Baku, the aircraft was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute, followed by the customary display of the Emirati and Azerbaijani national flags from the cockpit windows.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are excited to be launching scheduled flights between Abu Dhabi and Baku. There is strong demand from both markets for a direct, full-service operation on the route, and we have responded to this increasing customer requirement. The new flights will further boost traffic from the UAE and strengthen the bilateral relations between the two nations. The visa waiver programme introduced for UAE nationals by Azerbaijan in 2015 has greatly stimulated interest in the country, resulting in a surge of visitors since its implementation.”

Etihad Airways and Azerbaijan Airlines also recently announced a codeshare partnership which now sees Azerbaijan Airlines place its ‘J2’ code on Etihad Airways services between Baku and Abu Dhabi.  Under this partnership, Azerbaijan Airlines guests will be able to book codeshare flights to and from Abu Dhabi and connect onto Etihad Airways’ extensive global network.


Etihad Airways boosts Maldives frequency for summer 2018

Etihad Airways has added four additional weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi – Malé route, taking frequency to the Maldives to 11 services a week from June 2018.

The additional flights will operate every Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday effective 15 June 2018. The additional flights will be year-round and provide more travel options with early morning arrivals into the Maldives.

The expansion of the current daily operation will continue to see a two-class A320 aircraft on the route, offering 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are increasing frequency to 11 flights a week in order to cater to growing demand on the route.”

The airline has flown more than 550,000 passengers to and from the Maldives since its launch in November 2011. Visitors from the UAE increased 35% over the past 12 months, while Europe continues to be the main source market for the Maldives.

Etihad Airways’ Dreamliner connects Beijing

The Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. 

The inaugural flight was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Abu Dhabi, attended by senior executives from Etihad Airways, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

Etihad’s new 787-9 Dreamliner features next-generation business and economy class seats with 28 seats in business class and 271 in economy class, representing a 14% capacity increase.

Peter Baumgartner, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Since launch of this route, we have experienced huge growth of China’s outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from business and leisure travellers.”

Elaborating further, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority said: “China has grown to become the largest overseas source market for Abu Dhabi hotel guest arrivals, and through our pro-active in-territory promotional efforts supported by further expansion in capacity, we are looking forward to welcoming 600,000 Chinese visitors to the emirate by 2021.”