By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Etihad said that the service will initially operate with four weekly flights between May 22 and June 30 before moving to five times weekly and then daily by December 1
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways will launch a new daily service to the Austrian capital of Vienna using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the airline announced on Monday.
In a statement, Etihad said that the service will initially operate with four weekly flights between May 22 and June 30.
“Vienna is the largest under-served market from Abu Dhabi and the announcement of this route brings the number of our European passenger destinations to 22,” said Robin Kamark, the chief commercial officer of Etihad Aviation Group.
“Austria is an important trade and tourism partner for the UAE and the new flights will enable us to take advantage of the increasing business and leisure demand between the two countries,” he added.
There are approximately 180 Austrian companies operating in the UAE. According to statistics, tourism numbers between the two countries have been rowing.
Etihad’s B787-9 Dreamliner features 28 business studios and 262 economy smart seats.
Beginning May 22, flight EY 53 will depart Abu Dhabi at 02:55 local time, arriving at 07:00 in Vienna. The return flight – EY 54 – will depart Vienna at 11:45 and reach Abu Dhabi at 19:10.
The flights will operate five times weekly between September 1 and November 30, and daily from December 1 onwards.