Etihad to boost Jakarta flights
Abu Dhabi, October 9, 2013
UAE national airline Etihad Airways said it will start flying twice a day to Indonesian capital Jakarta from its hub in Abu Dhabi starting from October 27.
The addition of the new flight will double the number of Boeing 777-300ER services operated by Etihad Airways between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi and will bring to 20 the number of weekly flights offered in partnership with Garuda Indonesia, said a statement from the UAE carrier.
Etihad president and CEO James Hogan said the extra daily service would add 5,768 extra seats per week to the Jakarta – Abu Dhabi route.
"The addition of a second daily flight puts Etihad Airways in a strong position in the Indonesian market because travellers will have a greater choice of departure times and will enjoy more frequent connections in Abu Dhabi to key destinations across our global network," he noted.
"The extra capacity also presents opportunities to capitalise on Indonesia’s rapidly growing aviation market and to leverage the growing trade between Indonesia and the UAE," said Hogan.
"Last year, the total bilateral trade between Indonesia and the UAE was valued at $3.3 billion, an increase of 32.32 per cent on 2011 – so we see significant opportunities to boost our share of the business travel market and to grow our successful freight division, Etihad Cargo," he added.
The flight EY471 will take off from Jakarta at 1:45am and land in Abu Dhabi at 7.05am daily. On return, EY472 will leave Abu Dhabi at 11:25am and land in Jakarta at 10:40pm.
The flight EY475 will depart the Indonesian capital at 6pm and arrive in the Emirati capital at 11:20pm, while on return EY474 will take off from Abu Dhabi at 2.40am and land in Jakarta at 1:55pm.
Hogan pointed out that the addition of a second daily flight was consistent with Etihad’s expansion in Indonesia. “We entered the Indonesian market in March 2006 with a modest four flights a week between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi and since then, we have more than tripled our frequency and have developed a strong partnership with Indonesia’s flag carrier," he stated.
"Our partnership with Garuda Indonesia adds six extra flights per week to the Abu Dhabi–Jakarta sector and enables us to offer daily flights between Jakarta and Perth, Australia and connections to five Indonesian cities,” he added.
Welcoming the Etihad move, Garuda Indonesia president and CEO Emirsyah Satar said: “The codeshare agreement with Etihad has been providing Garuda’s passengers with seamless connectivity and wider choice, and it will strengthen Garuda Indonesia’s domestic market and in Australia as well."
Etihad Airways’ flights between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi are operated by a two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, with 28 seats in Pearl Business Class and 384 seats in Coral Economy Class.-TradeArabia News Service