27 JANUARY 2014
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Etihad Airways is to operate a double-daily Dublin service to Abu Dhabi. The airline competes to some extent with Emirates who fly daily to another hub, Dubai, 90 miles away. Etihad is a shareholder in the Irish national carrier Aer Lingus. The current 10 flights per week will increase to double-daily from 15 July.
Etihad Airways will operate a Boeing 777-300 ER, configured to carry 380 passengers with 40 in Pearl Business Class and 340 in Coral Economy Class, and an Airbus A330-200, configured to carry 262 passengers, with 22 in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class.
The schedule for the double-daily flights will ensure connectivity both ways with 800 weekly connections to 45 Etihad Airways’ destinations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Chief Executive, Kevin Toland, welcomed the decision. He said: “The partnership between Dublin Airport and Etihad Airways has been hugely successful since the airline launched the Dublin – Abu Dhabi route in 2007. Dublin has long been one of Etihad Airways’ busiest routes and the airline has steadily expanded capacity on the service over the past six years." www.etihad.com
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