Delight from Etihad
Commenting on the news was Mohammad Al Bulooki, the Chief Operating Officer of the Etihad Aviation Group who expressed delight over the announcement.
“Following the signing of the new bilateral agreement, Etihad is delighted to announce a direct link between these important cities. The commencement of scheduled flights is a historic moment and as an airline, cements Etihad’s commitment to growing opportunities for trade and tourism not just between the two countries but also within the region and beyond.”
Such a level of delight continues from EY, especially as it was the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial flight into the country.
Whilst the news was announced via Etihad’s website, there are only a few details surrounding the route at this present time. Services will commence on March 28 next year, but EY offered no insight into the number of flights it will operate on a weekly basis to the Israeli capital.
What we also know is that departures will be timed to connect customers from TLV to destinations across China, India, Thailand and Australia, further opening up the country to the rest of the world.
The airline hasn’t confirmed what the aircraft type will operate the service, but its press release refers to an image of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, potentially hinting that is what the aircraft will be.
Busy Few Months for EY
The last eight weeks have been busy for Etihad Airways, especially as it tries to stand out from the rest of the competition around the world as we begin to turn a corner on the COVID-19 pandemic with a vaccine.
LONDON – Etihad Airways (EY) has today announced plans to launch scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv (TLV), Israel from its hub at Abu Dhabi (AUH).
This route launch comes as no surprise, especially with the Abraham Accords signed by the United Arab Emirates and Israel back in September to normalize diplomatic ties between the two sides.
EY also operated a one-off charter between AUH and TLV earlier last month as a mark of respect and seriousness towards such accords being signed in Washington D.C. This has encouraged the likes of Arkia Israeli Airlines (IZ) beginning services into the read more ⇒
Source:: “Airways Magazine”