BA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11150 posts, RR: 60 Posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2127 times:
The national carrier of Abu Dhabi started by the Abu Dhabi government last October, Etihad Airways will be launching 3x weekly service to Geneva and Munich starting June 5.
The flights will operate Abu Dhabi (AUH) - Geneva (GVA) - Munich (MUC) - Abu Dhabi (AUH). The Tuesday and Friday flights will be on A330-200s while the Saturday flight will be on A340-300s.
Starting June 13, London Heathrow will be seeing an astonishing frequency increase from 5x weekly A330-200 service to 10x weekly A330-200 service. Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays will have 2 flights.
The Amman, Jordan and Damascus, Syria flights will be de-linked. Currently, the two destinations operate 3x weekly A330-200. Currently the Wednesday and Sunday flights operate Abu Dhabi (AUH) - Damascus (DAM) - Amman (AMM) - Abu Dhabi (AUH). The Friday flight operates Abu Dhabi (AUH) - Amman (AMM) - Damascus (DAM) - Abu Dhabi (AUH). Starting June 1, the two destinations will be delinked and will each have their own dedicated 3x weekly A330-200 flights. Damascus, Syria service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The Amman, Jordan service will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. All flights will be on A330-200s.
Beirut, Lebanon will increase from 3x weekly service to 4x weekly. Currently the Monday and Wednesday flights operate on A330-200s while the Friday flight operates on A340-300s. Starting June 1, they will start a Tuesday flight on an A340-300.
So Beirut will operate 2x weekly A330-200 and 2x weekly A340-300.
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1923 posts, RR: 34 Reply 2, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
At first people were saying that Etihad is going to be similar to low cost airlines. It seems though they are a regular scheduled airline.
Maybe they should get smaller planes to increase some of the frequencies.
Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 61 Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2055 times:
I was reading the other day that they want to launch flights to Alexandria by the end of the year with the A332. They are still having problems getting rights to Cairo despite the fact it should have started last November. Gulf Air maintain a daily a A330 flight and Egyptair 6x weekly A320 flights (upgraded to A300-600R in the summer) on the CAI-AUH-CAI route. I really hope Etihad start the route though
MEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
It seems the UAE carriers are successful,Air Arabia is still expanding its network,now Etihad Airways,that's good news.
I wonder how they will be able to operate all these destinations with such frequencies,they should be getting some planes soon.
MEA321 From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 389 posts, RR: 17 Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 1782 times:
Etihad should be very careful, over expanding is one of the top reasons why airlines fail in this industry. It will be interesting to see how stable they can remain with such a growth ahead of them.
Fortunately for Etihad, there are quite a few second hand A332s on the market now. Lufthansa is brining in new A333's to their fleet and subsequently selling off thier A332's. Air Canada is another airline which will see major downsizing in the next year, their A332s and A343s will quickly be on the market.