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30 Oct 2014 08:30

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced that Mumbai and New Delhi will become its first destinations in India to be served with triple-daily flights, strengthening its unparalleled offering with Jet Airways into and out of the country. 

Both cities will be upgraded from their current double-daily frequencies, with the third daily flight to Mumbai starting on 15 February 2015 and to New Delhi on 1 May 2015. The development will provide business and leisure travellers with more options throughout the day between the UAE and India, and enhance India’s connections with markets across Etihad Airways’ global network.

Along with Jet Airways’ services, both airlines will connect Abu Dhabi to 14 Indian cities, with over 200 return flights each week. This includes five flights a day to Mumbai, four flights a day to New Delhi, three flights a day to Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi, two flights a day to Ahmedabad and Kozhikode, and daily flights to Jaipur and Trivandrum.

Etihad Airways will also launch a daily service to Kolkata, capital of West Bengal, on 15 February 2015 to support its long-term development plan in India, and Jet Airways has announced it will soon launch daily services between Abu Dhabi and Goa, Lucknow and Pune.

In addition to the airline’s network developments, Etihad Airways has upgraded its aircraft on a number of Indian routes, including the debut of three-class, wide-body aircraft on select flights. The airline will also operate its new Boeing 787-9 on Mumbai evening services in January 2015.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “India is expected to become the world’s third largest air passenger market within the next 20 years, and we are focused on providing travellers with the best possible offering into and out of the country, in terms of world-class service, extensive network coverage and multiple flight options each day.

“Already in the first half of 2014, more than 620,000 passengers flew on our India services, a substantial increase of 51 per cent year-on-year. The launch of triple-daily services to Mumbai and New Delhi, our most popular routes in India, will allow us to meet growing market demand.

“Our relationship with Jet Airways will also continue to play an important role. Both airlines’ depth and breadth in India is stronger than any of our regional competitors and there are significant opportunities to increase our frequencies on existing routes, and introduce more Indian destinations into our network, which will set us even further apart from other airlines.”

Flights on Etihad Airways’ triple-daily Mumbai and New Delhi services can be booked now on www.etihad.com, through the airline’s contact centres, or via travel agents.

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.

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Etihad Airways schedule for Mumbai flights, effective 15 February 2015

Flight Number Origin Departs Destination Arrives Aircraft Operation
EY206 Abu Dhabi 22:00 Mumbai 03:00 (1) B787 Existing
EY205 Mumbai 04:30 Abu Dhabi 06:25 B787 Existing
EY204 Abu Dhabi 15:45 Mumbai 20:25 A320 Existing
EY203 Mumbai 21:40 Abu Dhabi 23:40 A320 Existing
EY212 Abu Dhabi 03:00 Mumbai 07:40 A320 New
EY213 Mumbai 09:30 Abu Dhabi 11:30 A320 New

Etihad Airways schedule for New Delhi flights, effective 1 May 2015

Flight Number Origin Departs Destination Arrives Aircraft Operation
EY224 Abu Dhabi 15:25 New Delhi 20:40 B777 Existing
EY223 New Delhi 22:10 Abu Dhabi 00:15 (1) B777 Existing
EY218 Abu Dhabi 22:05 New Delhi 03:20 (1) B777 Existing
EY211 New Delhi 04:50 Abu Dhabi 06:55 B777 Existing
EY228 Abu Dhabi 03:00 New Delhi 08:15 A320 New
EY229 New Delhi 09:05 Abu Dhabi 11:30 A320 New