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Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 6:25 am

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.

Here is Etihad's current schedule valid until May 31:
http://www.etihadairways.com/FlightSchedules/FlightSchedules.asp

Here is Etihad's schedule effective June 1:
http://www.etihadairways.com/FlightSchedules/FlightSchedulesNew.asp

Does anyone know if Etihad is getting more aircraft for these additional flights? They currently operate 2 A330-200s leased from TAM and 1 A340-300 leased from Singapore Airlines.

Here are two shots of their A330-200 and A340-300 in Beirut, Lebanon.



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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 6:28 am

I thought they'd start to fly to Geneva on May 15th... But obviously not!

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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 6:38 am

Hi BA,

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.

Anyone has flown with them? How are they rated?

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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 6:42 am

Hi OD720,

Yeah at first it was thought they may become a low-fare carrier. But they quickly changed their strategy. They are FAR from a low-fare carrier.

They have 3 different classes.

They seem like a very nice airline.

Their website is good and has some good information:
http://www.etihadairways.com

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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 7:03 am

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
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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 11:51 am

They must be getting some more planes,anyone know the source?
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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 4:23 pm

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.

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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 8:09 pm

Ba319-131, the first two A332s are leased from TAM (Brazil)
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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Sun May 02, 2004 11:03 pm

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.
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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Mon May 03, 2004 12:09 am

I agree with the problems of over expanding too quick

Just a few corrections

Lufthansa is brining in new A333's to their fleet and subsequently selling off thier A332's

Their A332s are leased and not owned by them. They are ex Sabena machines (and swissair too).


Air Canada is another airline which will see major downsizing in the next year, their A332s and A343s will quickly be on the market.

AC operate the A333 not A332
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RE: Etihad Announces Geneva And Munich Plus More Freq.

Mon May 03, 2004 2:45 am

That's correct, Lufthansa's A332s are ex-Sabena and Swissair aircraft.

Air Canada has looked at A330-200s, but never ordered them. As you said, they just have A330-300s and A340-300s.

I do think they may eventually get A330-200s though.

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