03 Feb 2014 20:00
Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline, today commenced a four times per week service from its hub in Geneva, Switzerland to Stuttgart, the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in Southern Germany.
The inaugural flight F7260 was operated by Etihad Regional’s
newly branded 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft, which was greeted by a traditional
water cannon salute upon arrival at Stuttgart
Merlo, Chief Executive Officer of Darwin Airline, said: “We are proud to be the
first airline to offer a direct air link between Geneva and Stuttgart. The new
route is the first after the re-branding of Darwin Airline and the 16th
year-round destination on our network.
new Stuttgart service extends our geographic presence in the German market. The
move will create significant benefits for our business and leisure passengers, as
well as strengthen the already strong trade and leisure ties between
Switzerland and Germany.
importantly, the new service demonstrates our strategy to continue building a
strong regional airline linking European cities and towns, which also connect
to the global network of our partners, Etihad Airways, airberlin and Air
the launch, Prof. Georg Fundel, Chief Executive Officer of Stuttgart Airport,
said: “We are delighted that Etihad Regional has commenced operations here,
which will boost the regional economy, and offer the airline’s passengers a
convenient new entry point to Germany through our modern and efficient facility.”
The new flights have been introduced to
serve the point-to-point market as well as provide seamless connectivity beyond
the Geneva hub to numerous key destinations across Europe, including Cambridge,
Valencia, Rome, Lugano, Florence, Toulouse (commencing in April 2014), Belgrade
and Zurich (commencing in May 2014), and Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes and Verona
(commencing in June 2014).
The flights will also offer travellers
a great opportunity to connect on Etihad Airways, the UAE national carrier’s
services from Geneva to Abu Dhabi. Flights from Abu Dhabi, offered by Etihad
Airways and its equity partners, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia also connect
well with destinations in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Asia and
the new addition, Etihad Regional now offers year-round flights to 16
destinations in Europe using a fleet of 10 Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft. By
mid-2014, this will more than double to 34 destinations.
summer schedule will include destinations such as Biarritz in France, the
Spanish island of Ibiza and Cagliari in Sardinia.