Etihad Airways will launch its service between Abu Dhabi and Muscat on 26 March 2006. One of the Gulf Region’s most traditional and established countries, with a history stretching back thousands of years, Muscat offers a rich cultural heritage—coupled with being Oman’s main commercial destination.
“Regional air travel is as much a priority as our growing international destinations, and demand for Muscat as a transit and regional destination for both business and recreational breaks will be better served with the launch of our new route,” said Raymond Korban, Regional General Manager, UAE & Oman - Etihad Airways.
According to the GCC Secretariat General Information Centre, the UAE is by far the largest trading partner with Oman for both imports and exports.
The latest figures (2001) released by the GCC Information Centre show that a massive 85.5 percent of (intra-GCC) imports and 78 percent of exports come to and from the UAE.
“The new Muscat route will clearly provide for greater business and leisure-travelling ties to develop and grow between the UAE and Oman, and the two neighbouring capitals in particularly,” added Korban.
“This new route to Muscat will be Etihad’s 26th destination and an indication of the rapid growth the airline is experiencing in the Middle East and onwards to Asia and the Far East,” concluded Korban.
Etihad’s will operate one of its new A330-200 aircraft on this new route between Abu Dhabi and Muscat. The two aisle aircraft is configured to carry a total capacity of 262 Guests, 240 in the Coral Zone and 22 in the Pearl Zone.
Operating on a daily basis, flight EY 707 will depart from Abu Dhabi at 9:30pm on 26 March and arriving at Muscat at 10.30pm. On the return, flight EY 708 will depart from Muscat at 11.30pm, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 12.30am, one hour later.
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