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Etihad to Increase Capacity on Dublin Flights

Etihad to Increase Capacity on Dublin Flights

As previously reported by Irish Travel Trade News on 14th December, Etihad Airways has now announced that it will increase capacity on its Dublin to Abu Dhabi flights, deploying a Boeing 777-300ER on the route from 2nd July 2013.

The B777-300ER offers Etihad Airways’ new Pearl Business Class product. It is configured to carry 412 passengers, with 28 seats in Pearl Business Class and 384 in Coral Economy Class. It will operate on the six EY42 flights out of Dublin, increasing capacity on the route by 34%.

The increase will provide an additional 900 seats each week compared to the current schedule, with an extra 36 in the award-winning Pearl Business Class and 864 in Coral Economy. An Airbus A330-200 will continue to operate on the four EY48 flights from Dublin.

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James Hogan, President and Chief Executive, said: “Dublin is one of our most successful routes and this increase in capacity is indicative of the confidence we have that demand, especially in the premium cabin, will continue to grow.

“Etihad Airways carried more than 215,000 passengers between Abu Dhabi and Dublin in 2012, with the route once again in the airline’s top 10 most popular.

“Ireland is an important market and country for Etihad Airways and this can be seen in our investments, which include our line maintenance facility at Dublin Airport, the opening of a premium lounge at Terminal 2 in 2011, as well as cultural partnerships with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, and The Gathering Ireland 2013.”

Etihad Airways is involved with a number of activities during The Gathering Ireland 2013, which includes bringing teams from the Arabian Gulf, Asia and Australia to Ireland in September to take part in the International Hurling Festival.

Etihad Airways launched its services to Ireland in July 2007 with an initial four flights per week, increasing to six and then moving to a daily service in March 2008. This was further increased to the current service of 10 flights per week in March 2010.

The increase in capacity is a reflection of the strong demand from Irish customers for the route to Abu Dhabi and allows travellers to connect with Etihad’s global network with Australia, Thailand and India as some of the most popular onward destinations.

The quality of Etihad Airways Irish service has been recognised, once again, with two awards at last month’s Irish Travel Trade Awards, winning ‘Best Long Haul Airline’ and ‘Best Premium Class Airline’.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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