01 Jul 2014 09:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will provide travellers with even more connections between India, the UAE and other key markets around the world, following a major service upgrade to Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kozhikode and Hyderabad this summer.
to strong demand from business and leisure travellers, a double-daily frequency
will be operated to Bangalore, Chennai and Kozhikode from today, and Hyderabad from
1 October. As a result, guests have the option of daytime or overnight flights,
and improved connections between India and key markets in the GCC, Middle East,
Africa, Europe and North America.
frequencies were also introduced to Kochi route last month, as well as Mumbai
and New Delhi in November 2013, supporting a long-term development plan in
airline will utilise new Airbus A320s, scheduled for delivery this year, to
accommodate much of the increased frequencies. Larger wide-body aircraft were
also introduced on selected routes in November 2013, with a three-class A340 on
overnight Mumbai flights, marking the debut of Etihad Airways’ First Class
product on the route, and A330s on overnight Delhi flights.
flights have also been upgraded with the recent introduction of new Airbus A321
aircraft, while overnight Delhi flights will be further enhanced with three-class
Boeing 777 from 15 July.
addition to the seven existing or planned double-daily services, Etihad Airways
operates daily to Ahmedabad, Trivandrum and most recently, Jaipur, where
flights commenced in April 2014.
Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “As one
of the largest, fastest-growing and most exciting travel markets in the world,
India continues to play an important role in our growth plans. Last year alone,
more than 885,000 people flew on our Indian services, a substantial increase of
20 per cent on the previous year.
to regulatory approvals, we will continue to expand our India operations and
work with Jet Airways to accommodate strong growth and deliver much greater
choice for travel to and from India.”
month, Etihad Airways also announced a significant expansion of its codeshare
agreement with Jet Airways, after the two airlines obtained regulatory approval
to codeshare on 43 additional routes, bringing the total number of services in
their codeshare agreement to 71.
part of the expansion, Etihad Airways has placed its ‘EY’ code on domestic
services in India for the first time, with the codeshare agreement now
including 31 Jet Airways routes from hubs in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and
Bangalore to regional centres in Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur,
Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mangalore, Patna, Trivandrum and Vadodara.
Also included are Jet
Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Mumbai
and Hyderabad, and Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad,
Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and
Mr Hogan added: “This
codeshare expansion was a milestone development for both airlines. In addition
to placing our ‘EY’ code on domestic flights within India for the first time,
the agreement now incorporates more services between Abu Dhabi and India than
ever before, benefitting travellers with enhanced network reach, more frequent
services, and increased convenience.”
new codeshare routes are now available for sale and enable members of the
integrated Etihad Guest and JetPrivilege frequent flyer programs to earn and
redeem miles, while also benefitting from reciprocal tier level recognition
across the global networks of both airlines.