Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Etihad Airways has officially confirmed that it will be launching new 3 weekly flights to ATH-Athens, Greece from June flown nonstop from its AUH hub. EY will be using an A 320 twice a week for this route and an A 319 once a week. It will be depending heavily on getting traffic to Australia, Bangkok and Pakistan on this sector. From October onwards, EY is expected to increase ATH frequencies to 5 times a week.
With regards to the AUH-SIN-BNE route that is currently flown 3 times a week using a B 773ER, from March 29th onwards, EY will be reducing capacity on this route to a 3 weekly A 332.
EY too announced that it will be reducing capacity to CGK-Jakarta from January 27th onwards by replacing the current B 773ER operated nonstop flights with a 2 class Airbus A 330-200 till early March. No official reason has been given for this move, but one feels that the airline has found a more higher yielding route for this dedicated B 773ER to be used on. EY too has initiated an excellent code sharing arrangement with PG-Bangkok Airways on the latter's flights to USM (Koh Samui) and HKT (Phuket) from next week which will definitely help them attract European/UK/JFK/Arab/African passengers bound to these 2 cities away from EK/QR/KU/GF/BA/AF/KL.