Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, this week celebrates its fifth anniversary of non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Indonesia.
The airline commenced operations to Jakarta on March 16 2006 with four non-stop flights per week, increasing to six later that year. Strong demand for travel to and from Indonesia saw a further increase to daily flights just one year later in 2007.
Jakarta now ranks as one of the top destinations in Etihad’s network of 66 cities worldwide, which includes the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Australia, UK and Ireland, Europe and North America. The Abu Dhabi-Jakarta route has consistently achieved passenger loads of between 80 and 90 per cent of capacity over its first five years.
Etihad not only offers the convenience of non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Jakarta, but also seamless connections to popular onward destinations such as Jeddah, London, Paris, and Frankfurt, and codeshare services to cities such as Istanbul and Kiev which are popular destinations for the Indonesian market.
The state-of-the-art Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A330 aircraft used on the Abu Dhabi-Jakarta sector ensure Etihad guests enjoy the inflight comfort and operational reliability of one of the world’s youngest fleets.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “Etihad is pleased to play a small but important role in building the deep relationship between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, in particular Abu Dhabi.
“In our first five years of service to Indonesia, we have received tremendous support from the government, business sector and the people of this wonderful country. They have welcomed us into the local community and fostered an environment that’s seen our business go from strength to strength.
“For making Etihad their airline of choice over this time, we owe the people of Indonesia - the business travellers, religious pilgrims, holidaymakers, students, and migrant workers - our gratitude.”
Etihad is also committed to a range of community engagement programs on the ground in Indonesia. This includes support for local charities, community events and educational programs. An example is The Mosaic Project, now in its third year, which gives a number of young and aspiring Muslim leaders travel the opportunity to travel to the UK for the Mosaic International Summit.