Tehran is next stop for Etihad

Etihad Airways will launch its new flight between Abu Dhabi and the
Iranian capital, Tehran, on December 2, 2006.The new route is set to offer a valuable service for the 400,000-strong
Iranian community living in the UAE, while further strengthening
commercial ties between Abu Dhabi and Tehran.

“There is a strong tradition of the Iranian people living and working in
the UAE and we are looking forward to serving these many families and
businesses,” said Raymond Korban, Regional General Manager: UAE and Oman
for Etihad Airways.


“Etihad’s three-times-a-week service will enable business and leisure
travellers to fly conveniently between these two historic Middle Eastern
capitals, whilst enjoying Etihad’s high standards of comfort and



Research conducted by Etihad has shown that many Iranian travellers will
combine trips to see UAE-based family members with visits to some of the
region’s world-class shopping malls.


Furthermore, many Iranian expatriates who have previously been living in
Europe or the United States are looking to invest in property in the UAE
because of the proximity to Iran and booming business opportunities.


The Iranian population living in the UAE is also growing at a rapid
pace, with 6,500 Iranian companies operating in the country and 10,000
Iranian students at schools and colleges.


“One of Etihad’s core themes is to bring the world closer together and
this new frequent service will link the people of these two proud
nations, whether they are travelling on business or for pleasure,”
continued Korban.


Etihad will operate one of its brand new purpose-built Boeing 777-300ER
aircraft which is configured to carry a total capacity of 378 Guests,
350 in Coral Zone and 28 in Pearl Zone.


The new Boeing 777-300ER affords Guests the highest levels of style and
hospitality with the award-winning business bed in Pearl Zone and the
widest Coral Zone seats in the industry.


Outbound flight EY731 will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport
every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 01.55hrs, arriving in Tehran at
03.25hrs. The return flight, EY 732, will depart at 04.55hrs, arriving
in Abu Dhabi at 07.25hrs. Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport
is located on the outskirts of the city and is well serviced by public


Etihad Airways currently flies daily from London Gatwick and Manchester,
and 12 times a week from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, providing swift
and convenient onward connections to the airline’s fast growing global
network of 36 destinations.

Etihad Airways won World’s Leading New Airline
at this year’s World Travel Awards.


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