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Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 2:56 pm

... an entire 2x weekly from the 15th January by the 345 (!).
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RE: Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:17 pm

The A345 clings on  
 
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RE: Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:27 pm

It is a weird route. Casablanca is down the road, so you could almost conclude that Rabat and Casablanca (at least for long-haul) are somehow alternative (like SAW or IST). Yet when compared to Istanbul, Casablanca is a far smaller and less important market and a longer route!

However I wouldn't be surprised that the Moroccan government wants to develop RBA (they have built a new terminal) as it is the capital, so bilaterals are made in a way that more frequencies to RBA are allowed but not to CMN. In this case Etihad would have no other way but to add new services to RBA.

Or that alternatively, maybe the Abu Dhabi government has interests in Rabat Airport itself. Emirati and Gulf companies have increased their investments in Morocco and the Magreb, replacing traditional French or European companies.

It would be interesting to know the reasons behind the route (instead of just adding more services to CMN), but I suspect there is something other than just commercial reasons.

[Edited 2015-11-15 07:27:59]
 
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RE: Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:58 pm

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 1):
The A345 clings on

Yeah, very interesting that they're launching a new route when they only have 3 frames left. Still, nice for RBA!
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RE: Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 4:11 pm

Seems more like a FlyDubai routing to me but they may not have the range?!
 
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RE: Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:31 pm

Quoting RJNUT (Reply 4):
Seems more like a FlyDubai routing to me but they may not have the range?!

FlyDubai are under Emirates, not Etihad.

Also I doubt a 738 can pull off DXB-Morocco.
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RE: Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:40 pm

Quoting RJNUT (Reply 4):
Seems more like a FlyDubai routing to me but they may not have the range?!

FlyDubai? RBA to the East Coast is shorter than RBA-AUH. No 737 can do the route.

RBA-AUH will be a premium route, lots of political high profile movement between Morocco and the UAE.
 
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RE: Etihad To Begin Rabat

Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:37 pm

Quoting Spiderguy252 (Reply 5):
FlyDubai are under Emirates, not Etihad.

Also I doubt a 738 can pull off DXB-Morocco.

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