28 May 2014 15:30

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and codeshare partner Aegean Airlines, are celebrating five years of Etihad Airways’ non-stop services between Athens and Abu Dhabi, and the start of Aegean’s new direct flights to the UAE capital. 

Etihad Airways commenced operations to Athens in June 2009, and since then has carried almost 400,000 guests and nearly 3,700 tonnes of cargo on the route.  To meet rising demand, the airline will increase its current daily Athens-Abu Dhabi services to 10 per week on 2 July. 

For the summer 2014 season Etihad Airways will also deploy a wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the Athens-Abu Dhabi route, returning to Airbus A320 operations for the winter season.* 

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Year on year, our Athens route has exceeded our expectations and we are delighted to build on this success by adding more capacity to and from Greece, and officially mark our codeshare partnership here in Athens with Aegean, Greece’s largest commercial airline. 

“From today, Aegean will operate four weekly services to our home and hub, Abu Dhabi, providing convenient onward connections for guests to destinations on the Etihad Airways network right across the globe. 

“Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on these new Aegean services, and, focussing on our guests in the travel and tourism industry, the business community and governments, we look forward to further cementing the strong ties between Greece and the UAE.” 

Dimitris Gerogiannis, Aegean Airlines Managing Director, said:  “We congratulate Etihad Airways on the fifth anniversary of its operations to Greece, and we are delighted to be working together to launch our direct flights to Abu Dhabi. 

“We have taken the strategic decision to enhance our presence in the wider Gulf area and through our partnership with Etihad Airways, we are now in the position of offering enhanced connection possibilities and premium services to our clients. 

“Aegean strongly believes that through partnerships like the one we inaugurate today with Etihad Airways, that we will continue our active support for the tourism industry of our country.” 

Aegean Airlines will operate the new Athens-Abu Dhabi service with a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.  The airline is also allowing Etihad Airways to place its EY flight code on Aegean services to 16 destinations across Greece.††

* Etihad Airways’ two-class Airbus A330-200 wide-body aircraft will operate daily from Athens to Abu Dhabi between 1 June 2014 and 30 September 2014.  The route will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft until then. 

Aegean has placed its A3 flight code on Etihad Airways-operated services between Athens and Abu Dhabi, and beyond to Bahrain (BAH), Perth (PER) from 15 July, Melbourne (MEL), Sydney (SYD), Kuwait (KWI) and Johannesburg (JNB). 

† † Etihad Airways has placed its EY flight code on Aegean-operated services beyond Athens to 16 Greek destinations including  Alexandroupolis (AXD), Kerkyra (CFU), Chania, Crete (CHQ), Kefalonia (EFL), Heraklion (HER), Ioannina (IOA), Chios (JKH), Mikonos (JMK), Santorini (JTR), Kos (KGS), Kavala (KVA), Lemnos (LXS), Mytilene (MJT), Rhodes (RHO), Thessaloniki (SKG), Samos Island (SMI).  In addition, Etihad Airways has placed its EY flight code on Aegean services between Athens and Abu Dhabi (AUH), Madrid (MAD), Sofia (SOF), Larnaca (LCA), and Prague (PRG).
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Etihad Airways marks five years in Greece as partnership with Aegean Airlines takes off

Flight # Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY091 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 09:30 Athens (ATH) 13:25 Daily A330*
EY090 Athens (ATH) 14:30 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 20:10 Daily A330*
EY099 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 02:50 Athens (ATH) 07:05 Weds, Fri, Sun A320
EY098 Athens (ATH) 08:15 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 13:55 Weds, Fri, Sun A320
A3943 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 02:00 Athens (ATH) 06:00 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat A320
A3942 Athens (ATH) 19:00 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 00:30 1 Mon, Weds, Fri, Sun A320