Etihad launches Belgrade service
Abu Dhabi, June 15, 2013
UAE's national airline Etihad Airways said its maiden flight to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, has landed on schedule at the city’s Nikola Tesla Airport on Saturday.
The Airbus A319 aircraft, flight EY71 from Abu Dhabi, touched down at 12.15pm and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute from airport fire engines.
Etihad now flies daily between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade, carrying the JU code of Serbian national carrier, JatAirways, said a statement from the Abu Dhabi carrier.
The flight EY 71 will take off daily from Abu Dhabi at 8.30am and land in Belgrade at 12.15pm, while on return EY 72 will leave Belgrade at 1.05pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 8.25pm, it stated.
The UAE airline said its co-operation with JatAirways continues to grow and the two airlines will (subject to government and regulatory approval) add their code to over 40 destinations across each other’s networks.
Etihad operates a two cabin Airbus A319 aircraft on the service between Abu Dhabi and Belgrade, configured to carry 106 passengers, with 16 seats in Pearl Business Class and 90 seats in Coral Economy Class, said the statement.
The aircraft was welcomed at the gate by Joost den Hartog, Etihad Airways’ VP for Europe, and Violeta Jovanovic, Belgrade airport chief financial officer.
They were joined by Captain Suliman Yaqoobi, chief A320 pilot at Etihad Airways, who operated the return flight to the UAE capital, and Aisha Al Mansoori, First Officer.-TradeArabia News Service