The Etihad Airways, the National Airline of U.A.E PJSC has introduced a new deal wherein they have augmented the number of flights
by doubling it as well as tripled the figure of seats that it renders between the places, Abu Dhabi and Mumbai and New Delhi. They have also totted up a second daily facility and acquainted wide-bodied Airbus jets on both the itineraries. A release showed that beneath the extended timetables, efficient immediately, new mid-afternoon services to Mumbai and New Delhi are operated with single-passageway Airbus A320s, each having space for around 136 passengers.
The evening flight is now managed with 292-seat Airbus A340-600 aircraft, seating 12 passengers in Diamond First Class, 248 in Coral Economy, and 32 in Pearl Business Class. The Abu Dhabi-Mumbai route is the first Indian route on which Etihad Airways has tendered First Class. The A340-600 will provide exclusive facilities and amenities such as adding 2,044 seats per week from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai, which takes the total from 952 to 2,996 seats in each path, making the capacity triple from the previous.
The experience has been enhanced by rendering the evening service which has been upgraded to a 254-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, seating 18 guests in Business Class and 236 in Economy,
on the Abu Dhabi-New Delhi route. This will also add 1,778 seats every seven days to and from New Delhi, boosting from 952 seats to 2,730 in each way, almost 3 times the previous facility.
The increased capacity on both directions was in retort to mounting demand for more number of seats and delivering more schedule choice between Abu Dhabi and India’s two prime cities, the President and CEO of Etihad Airways, James Hogan stated. He also said, “India is a significant and growing market for us. These increases enable us to serve not only the local traffic demands between Abu Dhabi and India, but also to deliver much greater international connectivity for business and leisure guests. Travellers from India will have more opportunities to connect with flights to destinations including Abu Dhabi, the GCC, Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America, while those flying to India will benefit from additional seats and more schedule options, providing greater travel flexibility,”.
Etihad Airways strategizes to begin from Abu Dhabi, 7-14 flights per week to Kochi opening from June, to Bangalore and Chennai from July, and to Hyderabad from October next year. Seating 174 passengers, the New Airbus A321 aircraft, will be utilized on all Abu Dhabi-Chennai and Abu Dhabi-Kochi services.
Etihad Airways and Jet Airways also aim to code-share on each other’s flights between Abu Dhabi, India and other markets in the Middle East, North America and Europe, subjected to authoritarian approvals in an array of countries. Etihad Airways will also code-share on recent flights by Jet Airways’ between India and the US by way of the Abu Dhabi hub, only subjected to legal approval. By Vikas Nehra