Etihad Airways marks inaugural flight to Rome

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Courtesy: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), commenced a daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Rome Fiumicino Airport yesterday morning.

A senior delegation from the airline travelled on the flight including Senior Vice President Executive Affairs, Hasan Al Hammadi and Senior Vice President Government and Aeropolitical Affairs, Khaled Al Mehairbi.

Guests onboard the inaugural flight were presented with special commemorative certificates to mark the occasion, while a ribbon-cutting ceremony also took place at Rome airport, hosted by Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) Aviation Marketing Development Director, Dr Fausto Palombelli.

Celebrations in Rome will continue with a gala reception attended by over 300 dignitaries, government officials, travel agents, tourism representatives and executives from Etihad Airways’ partner airlines.

Etihad Airways’ daily service to Rome is operated using Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 22 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 240 seats in Economy Class.

President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “Italy is a very important market for Etihad Airways and we are delighted to establish a second gateway here, after Milan Malpensa.

“By starting services to Rome, we have strengthened our commitment to Italy and reinforced the close economic and political relationship it shares with the UAE, which is Italy’s leading trade partner in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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Courtesy: Etihad Airways.

“Demand from business and leisure travellers has been incredibly strong on this new route, strengthened by the convenient onward connections we offer in both directions, either with Etihad Airways’ own flights or through our extensive network of codeshare and alliance partners.”

Lorenzo Lo Presti, Aeroporti di Roma Chief Executive Officer, said:  “We are honoured to welcome Etihad Airways to Rome, where the airline’s new daily direct flight to Abu Dhabi represents another major milestone for growing passenger and cargo traffic to and from Italy’s main airport.

“We have always been particularly attentive to emerging markets, and the Middle East is an area which continues to enhance the range of direct flights on offer.  We are certain this new connection between our hub and the UAE capital will increase the flow of business and tourism traffic in both directions.

“Looking ahead, our strategically situated Leonardo da Vinci Rome Fiumicino airport stands ready to play its part welcoming more visitors to Italy, and providing easy onward connections to the rest of the Mediterranean area.”

The schedule of Etihad Airways’ Rome-Abu Dhabi flights offers convenient links to destinations across the Gulf region, Indian subcontinent, Africa, Asia and Australia. In the opposite direction, Abu Dhabi-Rome flights connect to European cities such as Belgrade, Bolzano, Tirana and Zagreb through flights operated by the airline’s equity partners Air Serbia and Etihad Regional.

In addition, Etihad Airways codeshares on Italian national carrier Alitalia’s services between Abu Dhabi and Rome, and beyond to a wide range of Italian domestic and European cities, including Milan, Bucharest, Sofia, Vienna, Venice, Madrid, Malaga, Budapest, Malta and Barcelona.

Earlier this month Alitalia and Etihad Airways were named as Official Global Airline Carriers for Expo 2015, the upcoming Universal Exposition which will be held in Milan from 1 May to 31 October 2015.

Time Table:

Flight Number Origin Destination Frequency
EY083 Abu Dhabi (AUH)
02:40
Rome (FCO)
07:10
Daily
EY084 Rome (FCO)
12:00
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
19:55
Daily

Source: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways celebrates 10 years in Germany

Etihad Airways Airbus A330-243

Etihad Airways Airbus A330-243.

Flights to Etihad Airways’ first German destination Munich were launched on 5 June 2004. A year later, operations to Frankfurt were added, and in December 2011, services linking Düsseldorf and Abu Dhabi took off.

To date, the UAE flag carrier has flown more than 2.7 million travellers and 300,000 tonnes of cargo on these three routes.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said:  “Marking 10 years of successful operations between Abu Dhabi and Germany is an historic milestone for Etihad Airways and proof of our passenger and cargo commitment in a key European market.”

“In 10 years we have grown our German operations substantially, launched new routes, opened a Premium Lounge in Frankfurt, commenced freighter operations to Frankfurt, unveiled our European and German headquarters in Berlin, and started and cemented our strategic partnership with airberlin.”

“Looking ahead, Etihad Airways will continue to develop the German inbound and outbound passenger travel market, facilitate import and export trade, while demonstrating innovation and unparalleled levels of product and service excellence.”

In conjunction with airberlin, Etihad Airways today offers a combined 56 weekly services between four German cities (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich) and Abu Dhabi, from where guests can connect easily to destinations across the globe.

This will increase to 63 combined flights per week on 1 December 2014 when airberlin commences a daily service between Stuttgart and Abu Dhabi.

Through its Etihad Cargo division, Etihad Airways also offers comprehensive freight services between Germany and Abu Dhabi on its passenger fleet, in addition to three weekly maindeck freighter operations to and from Frankfurt.

Source: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways aumenta sua presença na Suíça

“Versão em Português / The English version is after the Portuguese version.”

Cortesia: Etihad Airways.

Cortesia: Etihad Airways.

O voo EY073 da Etihad Airways  foi recebido com a habitual canhão de água de boas vindas, uma vez que aterrissou no horário no aeroporto de Zurique na manhã de ontem, marcando o início de um novo serviço non-stop diário da companhia entre Zurique e Abu Dhabi.

O novo serviço da Etihad Airways foi baseado nos existentes voos diários da companhia entre Abu Dhabi e Genebra lançado em 05 de Junho de 2004, elevando para 14 o número de voos que ligam Zurique e Genebra para Abu Dhabi, capital dos Emirados Árabes Unidos, a cada semana.

O novo serviço entre Zurique e Abu Dhabi é operado por uma aeronave Airbus A330-300 configurado com oito assentos na Primeira Classe, 32 na Classe Executiva e 191 na Classe Econômica.

Fonte: Etihad Airways.

Tradução: Aviation News.

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Etihad Airways’ first flight to Zurich touches down

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Courtesy: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways’ Flight EY073 was met with the customary water cannon welcome as it touched down on schedule at Zürich Airport yesterday morning, marking the start of the airline’s new daily non-stop service between Zürich and Abu Dhabi.

The new Etihad Airways service builds upon the airline’s existing daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Geneva launched on 5 June 2004, bringing to 14 the number of flights linking Zürich and Geneva to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, each week.

The new Zürich – Abu Dhabi route is served by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft configured with 8 seats in First Class, 32 in Business Class and 191 in Economy Class.

Source: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways opens new premium lounge in Sydney

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Located in the international terminal’s Pier C, adjacent to Gate 51, the new lounge offers guests a welcoming and relaxing environment with quality furnishings and a contemporary design inspired by Etihad Airways flagship lounges in Abu Dhabi.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, who was in Sydney for the ribbon-cutting ceremony said: “The opening of the new First and Business Class Lounge in Sydney is yet another milestone in our commitment to Australia and demonstrates the importance we place on delivering ‘best-in-class’ at every point in the guests’ journey.”

The new Sydney lounge has been designed around the principles of style, space and serenity to ensure that guests enjoy a comfortable environment in which they can relax, re-energise, dine, work or be entertained before they board their flight.

“It’s all about offering an experience in the lounge that not only sets the tone for but is also consistent with the flight experience ahead. I’m confident the wonderful team of hospitality professionals we have in our Sydney lounge, together with our check-in staff and guest service agents, will ensure we deliver on that promise,” Mr Hogan said.

Set over two natural light-filled levels and an area of 798m2, the Sydney lounge offers a range of facilities catering to the diverse needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. This includes state-of-the-art business amenities with Apple computers; complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity; multi-zone electrical and USB power outlets; dedicated male, female and accessible bathrooms with shower facilities; a children’s play room; male and female prayer rooms; and comfortable armchairs in the relaxation zone.

Lounge guests will also be treated to Etihad Airways signature food and beverage service with a choice of restaurant-style a la carte dining and a sumptuous buffet. Wines from local Australian producers complement an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including beers, champagne, aperitifs, spirits and liqueurs.

The Sydney lounge is open to Etihad Airways Diamond First Class and Pearl Business Class guests and qualifying members of the Etihad Guest loyalty program. Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer Gold and Platinum members and Virgin Australia Business Class guests flying to Abu Dhabi are eligible to access the lounge pre-flight. Qualifying guests of other codeshare and partner airlines may also use the lounge when flying on Etihad Airways or Virgin Australia operated Sydney-Abu Dhabi services.

The new First and Business Class Lounge in Sydney complements premium lounge facilities in Abu Dhabi, Dublin, Frankfurt, London Heathrow, Manchester, Paris and Washington DC. New lounges are planned for Los Angeles, New York (JFK) and Melbourne over the next 12 to 18 months.

Etihad Airways commenced services to Sydney in March 2007 and today offers twice daily non-stop flights together in partnership with Virgin Australia. The route is served by a mixed fleet of three-class Airbus A340-600 and Boeing 777-300 aircraft. The Sydney route will be among the first in the Etihad Airways network to experience The Residence by Etihad™ – the world’s most luxurious living space in the air – when the UAE flag carrier commences scheduled A380 services to Sydney in June 2015.

Key facts & features of Etihad Airways’ new Sydney First and Business Class Lounge

  • Area: 792 square metres set two levels (upper level entrance and reception – 136m2; lower level lounge – 662m2)
  • Lounge Manager: Mr Shea Bedwell
  • Lounge features:
  • Restaurant-style à la carte and buffet dining options
  • Secure hand luggage storage and cloaking facilities
  • Business facilities with individual Apple computer workstations
  • Multi-zone power and USB outlets
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • A children’s play room
  • Comfortable arm and dining chairs
  • Spacious bathrooms with shower facilities
  • Male and female prayer rooms

Source: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways: The unparalleled luxury aboard of A380 and 787

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled the new product and service offering on its Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, including The Residence by Etihad™, the world’s most luxurious living space in the air, available only on the airline’s A380 aircraft.

The Residence will be the breath-taking and completely new forward upper-deck cabin on the A380. Accommodating single or double occupancy, it features a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower room. Guests in The Residence will also have a personal Butler.

With the launch of these new fleets, the Abu Dhabi-based airline will also redefine and rename its cabin classes.

The A380 will feature the revolutionary First Apartments, which are fully private suites with a separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed, as well as a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe.

Etihad Airways has allocated the upper deck of the A380 to its premium cabins.

On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite, adding many new features including a chilled mini-bar.

The Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat will feature on both the A380 and the B787.

Etihad Airways is introducing the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system across both fleets, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins.

The system has video touchscreen handsets, offering an additional screen for guests to maximize their entertainment, so they can play games or view the moving map while watching a movie.

Noise cancelling headsets are provided across all cabins, with built-in magnetic audio jacks to ensure the best sound quality.

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The A380 aircraft will have full mobile and Wi-Fi service while the B787 will be equipped with Wi-Fi.

Unveiled at a global media launch in Abu Dhabi today, Sunday 4 May, the new cabins and service offering follow the airline’s pledge to transform air travel and make every guest journey a remarkable one.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “These new living spaces will raise inflight product and service standards to their highest level yet in commercial aviation and alter air travellers’ expectations of inflight comfort and luxury forever.

“Etihad Airways’ A380 and B787 will deliver the most advanced airline cabins in the industry, while meeting all weight, range and cost targets at our desired seat count. This will allow us to offer products unparalleled in quality and style, yet at competitive prices across all three cabins.”

In 2008, recognising that no single design agency could deliver its vision for the new cabins, Etihad Airways established the Etihad Design Consortium (EDC) which brought together three leading design companies, Acumen, Factorydesign and Honour Branding to develop innovative cabin and seat designs for the new fleets.

The EDC collaborated with Promise Communispace, a leading co-creation agency, to launch comprehensive consumer research and workshops in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, London and New York, with the goal of understanding what makes a ‘perfect flight’ and asking consumers to help design the perfect airline.

Eighty per cent of the new product offering is a direct result of the feedback and information garnered from these workshops.

Etihad Airways’ design vision was to bring the individuality and exclusivity of a luxury boutique hotel experience to the sky in a way that embraced Arabian Modernism, an aesthetic that combines the traditions of the region with contemporary design.

The Residence by Etihad™:

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The Residence, which is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for single or double occupancy, offers levels of luxury and total privacy normally found only on private jets.

Each Etihad Airways A380 will offer a boutique version of The Residence with different color palettes, table marquetry and custom carpets.

Guests in The Residence will have the services of a personal Butler throughout their flight. These fully trained service professionals will receive specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London.

Guests in The Residence will also have a dedicated VIP Travel Concierge team who will ensure every detail of their travel experience, including ground transport, cuisine, and amenities, are tailored to their requirements.

First Apartments:

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Etihad Airways will redefine First Class and set a remarkable new industry standard with the launch of the First Apartment on the A380.

Nine First Apartments will be installed on the upper deck in a 1-1 configuration creating the only single aisle First Class cabin in the industry.

Each First Apartment, which has a 64 inch high sliding door, includes a reclining armchair and a full-length ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau. The ottoman transforms into a separate 80 inch long fully flatbed.

The First Apartment, which also includes unique features such as a chilled mini-bar, a personal vanity unit and a swiveling TV monitor for viewing from either the seat or the bed, has a 74 per cent larger footprint than the airline’s current award-winning First Class Suites.

A fully equipped shower room is available on the A380 for exclusive use by First Class guests.

First Suites:

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On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite with many new features. The eight First Suites in a 1-2-1 configuration along a unique curved aisle, another first in commercial aviation.

Each completely private First Suite has a large seat and ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau, which converts into an 80.5 inch long full-flat bed.

On the centre seats, the armrests retract and the suites can be joined to create a ‘double’ bed. Other features include a chilled mini-bar and a 24 inch TV monitor.

Business Studios:

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On both the A380 and the B787, Etihad Airways will launch its new Business Studios which provide 20 per cent more personal space than the airline’s current business class seat.

Configured 1-2-1 in a forward and aft ‘dovetail’, the Business Studios all have aisle access and the seat converts into a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

With its privacy, ample storage and surface space, the Business Studio has been designed with the diverse needs of the premium business or leisure traveller firmly in mind.

The Lobby:

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On the Airbus A380, First and Business Class guests will be able to relax in The Lobby which is a serviced lounge and bar area located between the First and Business cabins.

Providing a semi-circular leather sofa, a marquetry table and a large TV screen, The Lobby is designed for relaxing and socialising.

The TV has a USB connection so it can be used for sharing content or it can also be set to the airline’s Live TV channels for sporting and other events.

Economy Smart Seat:

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New Economy Smart Seat will offer a unique ergonomic fixed-wing headrest, giving guests a place to rest their head for added comfort and relaxation.

The seat also has a lumbar support feature, allowing guests to adjust their seat comfort, and an 11 inch personal monitor screen, with all the IFE peripherals conveniently set into the seatback in front.

The latest Panasonic eX3 personal entertainment system, of which Etihad Airways is a launch customer, is installed across all cabins

Cabin Entrances:

A key design objective for Etihad Airways was to transform the boarding experience making it more akin to stepping into the lobby of a boutique hotel.

In all entry-ways in both aircraft and in all cabins, the galley equipment is concealed behind custom Arabic fretwork screens and blinds, while the trolleys are covered by elegant wood-finish doors, setting a stylish and welcoming environment for all guests.

Importantly for the airline’s Muslim guests, Etihad Airways has developed prayer areas which can be curtained off for privacy and are equipped with a real-time electronic Qibla-finder showing the exact direction of Mecca based on the aircraft’s geographical position.

In the premium class boarding areas, Etihad Airways will collaborate with cultural institutions in the UAE to exhibit artwork and artefacts in display cabinets installed throughout. Items from the Etihad Airways Boutique Duty Free catalogue will also be displayed.

With the launch of these new aircraft, Etihad Airways will update its dining equipment, amenities and soft furnishings across its entire fleet.

Editor’s Note Airbus A380:

The first route of Etihad’s A380 will be Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow, starting on December 27th, 2014, to view the time table, please click here.

Click here to view the seat plan of Etihad’s Airbus A380.

Etihad Airways has a total of 10 A380s ordered; one A380 will be delivered in 2014, four in 2015, three in 2016 and two in 2017.

Editor’s Note Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner:

The first route of Etihad’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be Abu Dhabi – Dusseldorf, starting on December 01st, 2014, to view the time table, please click here.

Etihad has the largest order of 787s. During the period of Q4 2014 up to 2023 the airline will receive 71 Dreamliners – 41 787-9 and 30 787-10.

On December 2014, the carrier will receive its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and expects to enter in service with a second 787-9 in January 2015. Etihad also expects to have five 787-9 in service by the end of 2015.

Final Considerations:

This new product and service that Etihad Airways will offer to its customers will continue to provide a high level of comfort and luxury that the airline already offers to the passengers.

There is also an additional class in the A380 – The Residence – an unmistakable and personal service that provides levels of luxury and total privacy normally found only on private jets.

Etihad Airways will operate two ultra-modern aircraft that are quieter and more fuel efficient. Together with other features of these airplanes, the passenger will have a more pleasant flight.

Do you liked this announcement of Etihad? Which was your first impression of this new service called “The Residence”?

Source: Etihad.

All media of this article is courtesy of Etihad.

Etihad Airways outlines initial Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operations from December 2014

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Courtesy: Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways today (04MAY14) opened reservations for its planned Boeing 787-9 operation, which is due to start from December 2014. Initial Boeing 787-9 operations as follow.

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Etihad 787-9 features 8 First Suite (1-2-1), 28 Business Studio (Staggered 1-2-1) and 199 Economy Smart Seats (3-3-3).

Source: Airline Route.

Etihad Airways to start A380 service from late December 2014

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Etihad Airways today (04MAY14) announced the new in-flight product for its new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft. This coincides the opening of reservation for the A380 flight, which is scheduled to enter service on 27DEC14, on Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow route.

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The A380 features 2 Residence, 9 First Apartment (1-1 layout in Upper Deck), 70 Business Studio (Staggered 1-2-1 in Upper Deck) and 417 Economy Smart Seats (3-4-3 in Lower Deck).

Source: Airline Route.