Etihad Airways’ first flight to Jeddah landed successfully today, the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s 31st destination within three years. A delegation of senior Etihad management and Saudi Embassy officials celebrated the launch at Abu Dhabi International Airport, before boarding the maiden flight to Jeddah.
On arrival in Jeddah, the delegation attended a special function along with officials from the Saudi Government, Department of Civil Aviation, business community and tourism industry, at King Abdulaziz International Airport.
‘Etihad Airways is delighted to have added Jeddah to our global network and our schedule reflects that the Kingdom is a vitally important market for us,’ said HH Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of Etihad Airways. ‘Etihad is proud to once again be bringing the great nations of the Arabian Gulf closer together.’
The three-times-a week service, operating between Abu Dhabi and King Abdulaziz International Airport, is Etihad’s third destination in the Kingdom, complementing existing flights to Riyadh and Dammam.
Etihad will fly to Jeddah throughout the year, which will be especially popular during the annual Hajj season, when every year more than two million pilgrims travel through Jeddah to take part in the important religious festival.
Etihad Airways will operate either of its brand new state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300 ER or Airbus 330-200 aircraft on the new route.
Each Zone has been meticulously designed to meet Guests’ requirements, reflected in the Pearl zone where the seats recline 180 degrees into a flat and comfortable bed.
Between 28 May and 16 June 2006, Etihad will operate three flights a week between Abu Dhabi and Jeddah, with one flight every Tuesday, and two flights on Sunday.
From 17 June 2006, the service will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with EY 725 departing Abu Dhabi at 13:00, arriving in Jeddah at 14:45. The return flight, EY 726, then departs Jeddah at 16:00, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 19:45 that evening.
‘We anticipate a great deal of demand on the Abu Dhabi to Jeddah service. The Kingdom and the UAE have tremendously close cultural and commercial ties, and Etihad will enhance this further. Guests flying with Etihad will be able to enjoy our unique levels of Arabian hospitality - even on this short passage,’ added Hamza Sharif, Etihad’s KSA general manager.
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