Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced a fourth daily flight on its route from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), effective 8 December.
The additional service will be operated by an Airbus A320
configured with 8 seats in Business and 150 seats in Economy.
Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad
Aviation Group, said: “The introduction of the new fourth daily service to
Riyadh is demonstrative of our commitment to the Saudi market, and of the
increase in demand on this core route. This has been boosted by warm
relationship enjoyed by the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and by the
recent easing of entry visa regulations for tourists entering the Kingdom.
“Riyadh is a key market on our
global network, and the additional service adds yet more attractive timings to
both business and leisure travellers flying between both capitals, as well as
more options for travellers connecting through Abu Dhabi onto Etihad’s global
network. As Etihad and Saudia continue to strengthen their partnership, the new
flight will also provide convenient travel options to our customers, allowing increased
codeshare connectivity on joint services.”
Etihad’s narrow-body Airbus A320 family fleet features
refreshed cabins, including comfortable recliner seats in Business, while
Economy boasts new ergonomic seating, USB charging points, and personal device holders
at every seat enabling guests to download its E-BOX Stream wireless
entertainment service, with more than 300 hours of movies, TV programming,
music, and more, available to stream directly to their own device.
Airways has a codeshare agreement in place with Saudia. The two airlines place
their flight codes on each other’s services between Abu Dhabi and the Saudi
Arabian cities of Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Medina. Etihad also places its
‘EY’ code on Saudia flights to Peshawar, Multan, Port Sudan and Vienna, while Saudia
also places its ‘SV’ code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad, Belgrade, Brisbane,
Chengdu, Chicago, Dusseldorf, Lagos, Melbourne, Moscow-Domodedovo, Rabat,
Seychelles and Sydney. Subject to regulatory approvals, Saudia will
progressively add its code to Etihad flights between Abu Dhabi and 11 more
destinations in nine countries including Amsterdam, Baku, Brussels, Dublin,
Hong Kong, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Phuket, Nagoya, Tokyo and Seoul.
Abu Dhabi – Riyadhschedule effective 8 December 2019 (all timings are local):
*denotes new flights