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Etihad maximise investment in airberlin by increasing flights

Etihad Airways and airberlin have today announced a significant increase in services between Abu Dhabi and both Germany and Thailand.

This follows December’s historic announcement that Etihad Airways had become airberlin’s largest single shareholder, and airberlin’s commencement of a four-per-week service between Berlin and Abu Dhabi on the 15th January.

From the 25th March, airberlin will operate three daily services to Abu Dhabi, including direct daily flights from two German hubs – Berlin and Düsseldorf – to the UAE capital.  In addition and subject to government approval, airberlin will launch a new route between Abu Dhabi and Phuket, offering a daily year-round service to the popular island destination in Thailand.  All of airberlin’s new flights will be operated by a by an Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration.

airberlin’s expanded schedule to Abu Dhabi will also be complemented by Etihad Airways’ own capacity increases to Germany and Thailand.

From April 15, Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi–Düsseldorf service will increase to a daily frequency, providing a combined double daily offering with maximum connectivity over Etihad Airways’ and airberlin’s major hubs. Etihad Airways’ Düsseldorf service will be operated by an Airbus A330-300 aircraft in a three-class configuration.

In addition, Etihad Airways will launch a third daily Abu Dhabi-Bangkok service from April 15 with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration. The expansion of Etihad Airways’ Bangkok flying will cater to growing demand on the route, and the significant increase in volumes expected as a result of the airberlin partnership.

Etihad Airways will place its EY flight designator on all of airberlin’s new services, and the recent integration of the Etihad Guest and topbonus frequent flyer programs will allow passengers of both airlines to ‘earn and burn’ points across each carrier’s flights.

Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “Our strategic partnership with airberlin continues to gain momentum, and we are delighted to announce such a major increase in services from our respective hubs.

Etihad Airways and airberlin will now offer a combined 42 weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Germany from a total of four German hubs. In addition, the commencement of the first daily non-stop flight from the Middle East to Phuket is an exciting development for leisure travellers across the Middle East and Europe, and highlights Abu Dhabi’s strategic location as a major gateway to Asia.

“It all adds up to a game changing proposition for travellers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and across the rest of our combined global network,” Mr Hogan said.

airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn said:

“By adding new daily connections from Berlin and Düsseldorf to Abu Dhabi, we are reinforcing our hubs and strengthening our strategic partnership with Etihad Airways.”

“Flight guests who fly airberlin can now take daily trips to the Thai holiday island of Phuket, and our business guests will benefit from more frequent flights to Bangkok.”

 Etihad Airways and airberlin group carry a combined total of more than 40 million passengers a year, operate 233 aircraft and employ 18,000 people.

 Schedules

airberlin schedule from Abu Dhabi to Berlin, Düsseldorf and Phuket, effective from 25th March.

 

Flight #

Departs

Departure Time

Arrives

Arrival Time

Aircraft

Configuration

Frequency

AB7494

Berlin

10.00pm

Abu Dhabi

6.00am

A330-200

20 Business

279 Economy

Daily

AB7495

Abu Dhabi

2.30am

Berlin

7.00am

Daily

AB7460

Düsseldorf

9.20pm

Abu Dhabi

6.00am

Daily

AB7461

Abu Dhabi

8.45am

Düsseldorf

1.50pm

Daily

AB7424

Abu Dhabi

8.50am

Phuket

6.40pm

Daily

AB7425

Phuket

8.30pm

Abu Dhabi

0.10am

Daily

Etihad Airways schedule from Abu Dhabi to Düsseldorf and Bangkok, effective from 15th April.

 

Flight #

Departs

Departure Time

Arrives

Arrival Time

Aircraft

Configuration

Frequency

EY23

Abu Dhabi

2.00am

Düsseldorf

7.00am

A330-300

8 First

32 Business

191 Economy

Daily

EY24

Düsseldorf

11.50am

Abu Dhabi

8.20pm

Daily

EY408

Abu Dhabi

8.40am

Bangkok

6.05pm

B777-300ER

28 Business

384 Economy

Daily

EY404*

Abu Dhabi

10.25am

Bangkok

7.50pm

Daily

EY402

Abu Dhabi

9.40pm

Bangkok

7.05am

Daily

EY407

Bangkok

2.55am

Abu Dhabi

6.20am

Daily

EY403*

Bangkok

8.35am

Abu Dhabi

11.55am

Daily

EY401

Bangkok

8.35pm

Abu Dhabi

0.05am

Daily

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