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09 Oct 2013 08:30

Etihad Airways is set to increase the frequency of its Jakarta – Abu Dhabi flights from seven per week to double daily.  

The addition of the new flight on October 27, 2013 will double the number of Boeing 777-300ER services operated by Etihad Airways between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi and will bring to 20 the number of weekly flights offered in partnership with Garuda Indonesia.

Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said the extra daily service would add 5,768 extra seats per week to the Jakarta – Abu Dhabi route.

“The addition of a second daily flight puts Etihad Airways in a strong position in the Indonesian market because travellers will have a greater choice of departure times and will enjoy more frequent connections in Abu Dhabi to key destinations across our global network.

“The extra capacity also presents opportunities to capitalise on Indonesia’s rapidly growing aviation market and to leverage the growing trade between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.

“Last year, total bilateral trade between Indonesia and the UAE was valued at $3.3 billion, an increase of 32.32 per cent on 2011 – so we see significant opportunities to boost our share of the business travel market and to grow our successful freight division, Etihad Cargo.

“We thank the Director General of Civil Aviation, Indonesia for granting Etihad Airways approval for a second daily flight and we are confident that the extra capacity will deliver mutual benefits for the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.”

Mr Hogan noted that the addition of a second daily flight was consistent with Etihad Airways’ expansion in Indonesia.

“We entered the Indonesian market in March 2006 with a modest four flights a week between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi and since then, we have more than tripled our frequency and have developed a strong partnership with Indonesia’s flag carrier.

“Our partnership with Garuda Indonesia adds six extra flights per week to the Abu Dhabi–Jakarta sector and enables us to offer daily flights between Jakarta and Perth, Australia and connections to five Indonesian cities.”

President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Mr Emirsyah Satar, welcomed the increase in Etihad Airways’ services to Jakarta.

“The codeshare agreement with Etihad has been providing Garuda’s passengers with seamless connectivity and wider choice, and it will strengthen Garuda Indonesia’s domestic market and in Australia as well,” Mr Satar said.

Etihad Airways’ flights between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi are operated by a two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with 28 seats in Pearl Business Class and 384 seats in Coral Economy Class.

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