By Andy Sambidge
Abu Dhabi airline says new schedule will add 1,400 seats per week on Malaysian route
Etihad Airways has announced plans to add a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur to offer a double daily service from July 15.
The new schedule will add 1,400 new seats per week to the route - an increase in capacity of approximately 23 percent, the carrier said in a statement.
James Hogan, Etihad's president and CEO, said the new double daily flights would cater for the already significant and growing demand for passenger air travel and cargo between Malaysia and Abu Dhabi and beyond to the GCC, the Middle East and Europe.
"We have enjoyed strong support from business and leisure travellers at both ends of the route. More than one million passengers have travelled with Etihad Airways to and from Malaysia since the commencement of services in January 2007," he said.
"The airline's new double daily schedule caters for the growing demand for travel between Abu Dhabi and Malaysia and gives our guests a greater choice of travel times," he added.
Hogan also highlighted the opportunities to grow business travel and trade as a result of the increase in frequency and seat and cargo capacity.
"The United Arab Emirates is Malaysia's most important partner in the Gulf region with trade increasing by approximately 20 percent between 2011 and 2012. The extra belly hold capacity of the double daily services will provide significant new opportunities for the airline's highly successful freight division, Etihad Cargo," he said.
The double daily flights will be operated by two Airbus A330-200 aircraft which will come into service through a dry lease arrangement with partner airline, Jet Airways.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.