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Etihad Airways adds Rome as Second Italian Gateway

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will launch daily non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to the Italian capital Rome on 15 July 2014.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Rome Fiumicino airport will become Etihad Airways’ second Italian gateway after Milan Malpensa.  The route will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 22 fully-flat beds in Pearl Business Class and 240 seats in Coral Economy Class.

Rome is one of the world’s most visited cities, attracts business and leisure travellers year-round, and with the historic Vatican City within its environs, is a major pilgrimage site.  The city is also a hub for Etihad Airways’ codeshare partner, Alitalia.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said:  “Since we started operations to Milan back in 2007, Etihad Airways’ passenger and freighter operations between Italy and the UAE have gone from strength to strength.

“Abu Dhabi-Rome will extend our geographic presence in the Italian market even further, create an additional entry point to Europe with excellent onward connectivity options, and strengthen the already strong trade and leisure ties between Italy and the UAE.”

Appealing to business and leisure travellers in both directions, the new Rome daily flight schedule is designed to optimally connect with Etihad Airways’ existing services over Abu Dhabi to destinations across the Gulf region, Indian subcontinent, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Mr Hogan said:  “Beyond Rome, travellers will be able to connect on new Etihad Regional services to cities such as Bolzano, Tirana and Zagreb, fly with Air Serbia to Belgrade, and in addition, continue to have access to Italian domestic and European cities courtesy of codeshare partner Alitalia.

Etihad Airways already places its EY flight code on Alitalia’s existing Abu Dhabi-Rome services and beyond to cities such as Milan, Bucharest, Sofia, Vienna, Venice, Madrid, Malaga, Budapest, Malta and Barcelona.

Mr Hogan highlighted the trade potential of the new Rome flights for the airline’s freight division, Etihad Cargo.

“The UAE is Italy’s top trading partner in the Middle East and North Africa region, home to more than 3,000 Italian citizens, 90 Italian companies, and 390 Italian trade agencies.  Business is booming with Italian exports to the UAE up 16 per cent in 2012 to US$ 6 billion.

“The 13.1 tonne bellyhold capability for the daily Rome operation will allow us to boost the volume and value of trade between the UAE and Italy.”

Flights can be booked from today on www.etihad.com, through Etihad Airways Contact Centres, or via travel agents.

New Rome schedule:
Flight No Origin Destination Departs Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY083 Abu Dhabi (AUH) Rome (FCO) 02:40 07:10 Daily A330-200
EY084 Rome (FCO) Abu Dhabi (AUH) 12:00 19:55 Daily A330-200

 Note:  All in local time

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From: etihadcargo.com

Etihad Airways to Increase Global Footprint with Introduction of Eight New Destinations in 2014

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to introduce three more destinations to its core international network in 2014.

Continuing the prodigious growth of its first decade, the airline will commence daily services to Rome (Italy) and Jaipur (India), together with four flights per week to Yerevan (Armenia).

The new routes will join a previously announced daily service to Los Angeles and three flights per week to Dallas (United States), plus daily services to Zurich (Switzerland), Perth (Australia) and Medina (Saudi Arabia), all of which are scheduled to commence in 2014.

The eight new routes will increase Etihad Airways’ worldwide network to 102 destinations next year.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “This is part of a measured and strategic growth plan, which will reinforce the future of the national carrier of the UAE and the vital role it plays in the emergence of Abu Dhabi as a global aviation hub.

“Together with our code-share and equity alliance partners, we have created a virtual network of more than 375 destinations. This collaborative model gives us scale and enhanced global market access in constrained regions. But more importantly, it strengthens our customer proposition by offering more choice and better connections across our hub in Abu Dhabi.”

Etihad Airways’ equity alliance airlines presently include airberlin, Aer Lingus, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Darwin Airline (subject to regulatory approval), Jet Airways and Virgin Australia.

The 2014 network plan also makes provision for increases in frequency and connectivity on existing routes, with more than 20 per cent growth expected in weekly departures.

To support the next phase of its global network expansion, Etihad Airways will receive 20 aircraft deliveries next year, including the much-awaited arrival of its first 787-9 Dreamliners and Airbus A380s.

The airline will also receive five Boeing 777-200LRs, one Boeing 777-300ER, three Airbus A320s, three Airbus A321s, four Airbus A330-200s and one Airbus A330 Freighter in 2014.

In total, Etihad Airways has over 220 narrow-body and wide-body aircraft on firm order, plus options and purchase rights for a further 81 aircraft. This includes recent orders for 117 Airbus and 82 Boeing aircraft with a combined list price value of US$ 67 billion, as announced at the Dubai Air Show last month.

Mr Hogan added: “With ambitious plans to further accelerate our industry-leading growth in the future, the long-term expansion of our fleet is essential. Our future deliveries will allow us to progressively replace existing, less-efficient aircraft, add capacity in existing markets, and launch flights to more destinations, with over 30 new international routes planned by 2020.”

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Source: etihadcargo.com