ETIHAD Airways has announced plans to fly to six new destinations within the first half of 2015, namely Hong Kong, Kolkata, Madrid, Edinburgh, Entebbe (Uganda) and Algiers.
The airline will commence four-times-weekly services to Hong Kong from Abu Dhabi on June 15, and fly daily directly to Kolkata starting February 15.
It will also upgrade its existing daily flights to Brisbane via Singapore to a direct service In June 2015, deploying a three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the route.
Further service upgrades within the Asia-Pacific include the introduction of a three-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft on daily flights to Singapore.
James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “Our global network development in the first half of 2015 supports a long-term vision to provide travellers with an extensive range of destinations and connections over Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub. These new destinations have been selected to expand our coverage and strengthen our customer proposition in the strategically important markets of Europe, Asia and Africa.
“The expansion will also create new opportunities to enhance our codeshare agreements and align operations with key airline partners, such as Virgin Australia, Jet Airways, Air Seychelles, Air Europa and Kenya Airways. Between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, for instance, our four weekly flights will combine with Air Seychelles’ three weekly flights to provide a daily frequency.”
Besides Hong Kong and Kolkata, the carrier will also fly to Madrid daily from March 29, Entebbe daily from May 1, Edinburgh daily from June 8 and Algiers thrice a week from June 17.