Etihad, airberlin increase flights
Abu Dhabi, February 7, 2012
Etihad Airways and airberlin have announced a significant increase in services between Abu Dhabi and both Germany and Thailand.
This follows December’s announcement that Etihad had become airberlin’s largest single shareholder, and the commencement of a four-per-week service between Berlin and Abu Dhabi on January 15.
Starting March 25, airberlin will operate three daily services to Abu Dhabi, including direct daily flights from two German hubs – Berlin and Düsseldorf – to the UAE capital, a statement from the airline company said.
In addition and subject to government approval, airberlin will launch a new route between Abu Dhabi and Phuket, offering a daily year-round service to the popular island destination in Thailand.
All of airberlin’s new flights will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration, the statement said.
Airberlin’s expanded schedule to Abu Dhabi will also be complemented by Etihad Airways’ own capacity increases to Germany and Thailand.
From April 15, Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi to Düsseldorf service will increase to a daily frequency and operate by an Airbus A330-300 in a three-class configuration, providing a combined double daily offering with maximum connectivity over Etihad Airways’ and airberlin’s major hubs.
In addition, it will also launch a third daily Abu Dhabi-Bangkok service from April 15 with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in two-class configuration, it said.
Etihad Airways president and CEO, James Hogan, said: “The expansion of Etihad Airways’ Bangkok flying will cater to growing demand on the route, and the significant increase in volumes expected as a result of the airberlin partnership.”
The airline will place its EY flight designator on all of airberlin’s new services, and the recent integration of the Etihad Guest and topbonus frequent flyer programmes will allow passengers of both airlines to ‘earn and burn’ points across each carrier’s flights.
Etihad Airways and airberlin will now offer a combined 42 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Germany from a total of four German hubs, the statement said.
“It all adds up to a game changing proposition for travellers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and across the rest of our combined global network,” Hogan said.
Hartmut Mehdorn, CEO, airberlin, said: “Flight guests who fly airberlin can now take daily trips to the Thai holiday island of Phuket, and our business guests will benefit from more frequent flights to Bangkok.”
Etihad Airways and airberlin group carry a combined total of more than 40 million passengers a year, operate 233 aircraft and employ 18,000 people. - TradeArabia News Service