16 Jun 2013 13:00
Etihad Airways’ maiden flight to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, has landed on schedule at the city’s Nikola Tesla Airport.
The Airbus A319 aircraft,
flight EY71 from Abu Dhabi, touched down at 12.15pm (local time) and was
welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute from airport fire engines.
The national airline of the
United Arab Emirates now flies daily between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade, carrying
the JU code of Serbian national carrier, JatAirways.
Cooperation between Etihad
Airways and JatAirways continues to grow and the two airlines will (subject to
government and regulatory approval) add their code to more than 40 destinations
across each other’s networks.
Etihad Airways operates a two
cabin Airbus A319 aircraft on the service between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade, configured
to carry 106 passengers, with 16 seats in Pearl Business Class and 90 seats in
Coral Economy Class.
The aircraft was welcome at
the gate by Joost den Hartog, Etihad Airways’ Vice President for Europe, and Violeta
Jovanović, Belgrade airport Chief Financial
Officer. They were joined by Captain Suliman Yaqoobi, Chief A320 pilot at
Etihad Airways, who operated the return flight to Abu Dhabi, and Aisha Al
Mansoori, First Officer.