27 Jun 2013 08:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will add a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur to offer a double daily service from July 15, 2013.
schedule will add 1400 new seats per week to the route – an increase in
capacity of approximately 23 per cent. It will enable Etihad Airways to offer
better flight connections to its global network and to foster the growth of
tourism and trade.
Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said the new double
daily flights would cater for the already significant and growing demand for passenger
air travel and cargo between Malaysia and Abu Dhabi and beyond to the GCC, the
Middle East and Europe.
enjoyed strong support from business and leisure travellers at both ends of the
route. More than one million passengers have travelled with Etihad Airways to
and from Malaysia since the commencement of services in January 2007.
airline’s new double daily schedule caters for the growing demand for travel
between Abu Dhabi and Malaysia and gives our guests a greater choice of travel times.
travellers will enjoy shorter connection times in Abu Dhabi and more convenient
onward travel to Europe. Travellers from other points on Etihad Airways’
network will benefit from the extra daily frequency to Malaysia and improved
connections in Abu Dhabi.”
also highlighted the opportunities to grow business travel and trade as a
result of the increase in frequency and seat and cargo capacity.
United Arab Emirates is Malaysia’s most important partner in the Gulf region with
trade increasing by approximately 20 per cent between 2011 and 2012. The extra
belly hold capacity of the double daily services will provide significant new
opportunities for the airline’s highly successful freight division, Etihad
double daily flights will be operated by two Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a
two-class configuration of 18 seats in business class and 236 in economy class.
The aircraft will come into service through a dry lease arrangement with
partner airline, Jet Airways.
Airways’ current codeshare agreement with Malaysia Airlines will be extended to
the extra daily service, providing seamless connectivity beyond the airlines’
respective Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur hubs.