Etihad Airways will launch daily service between Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, on May 15. As part of an expanded...

Etihad Airways will launch daily service between the airline’s home base of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, on May 15.

As part of an expanded codeshare agreement between Etihad Airways and Dutch national carrier KLM, the new service will carry KLM’s ‘KL’ flight code.


The Abu Dhabi carrier’s daily flights will complement KLM’s existing service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi. The frequency of this service will increase to daily from the summer and KLM’s flight will carry Etihad Airways’ ‘EY’ flight code, ensuring that the two airlines can offer a combined double-daily service.

Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways has 16 Airbus A330-200s in its long-haul fleet, which also includes A330-300s, A340-500s and A340-600s and Boeing 777-300ERs. Etiahd Airways' long-haul fleet is set to become a lot bigger, the airline having placed orders for sizable numbers of 777-300ERs, Boeing 787-9s, Airbus A380s and A350-1000s

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has 16 Airbus A330-200s in its long-haul fleet, which also includes A330-300s, A340-500s and A340-600s and Boeing 777-300ERs. Etiahd Airways’ long-haul fleet is set to become a lot bigger, the airline having placed orders for sizable numbers of 777-300ERs, Boeing 787-9s, Airbus A380s and A350-1000s

 

Etihad Airways’ schedule for its Abu Dhabi-Amsterdam service calls for flight EY077 to leave Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) at 9:30 a.m. daily and land at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) at 1:40 p.m. local time

In the other direction, flight EY078 is timed to depart AMS at 10:00 p.m. daily and reach AUH at 6:35 a.m. the following morning, local time.

“The Dutch capital joins a group of 17 leading European cities that Etihad Airways flies to including Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva, London and Paris,” said James Hogan, president and chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, speaking at a press conference in Amsterdam held to announce the new service.

Continued Hogan: “The double daily service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi will benefit passengers looking to travel from the Netherlands to Abu Dhabi and beyond to destinations like Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia.”

Among the 100 aircraft which Etihad Airways had on order as of November 2011 were 10 Airbus A380 super-jumbos. All of these, as well as all the other widebody aircraft that Etihad has on order or is already operating, are being fitted with Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment and communications equipment under a $1 billion deal signed on November 17, 2011. The IFEC equipment allows Etihad to offer in-flight internet, live TV and mobile-phone service on every widebody aircraft it operates

Among the 100 aircraft which Etihad Airways had on order as of November 2011 were 10 Airbus A380 super-jumbos. All of these, as well as all the other widebody aircraft that Etihad has on order or is already operating, are being fitted with Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment and communications equipment under a $1 billion deal signed on November 17, 2011. The IFEC equipment allows Etihad to offer in-flight internet, live TV and mobile-phone service on every widebody aircraft it operates

 

Hogan added: “This is indicative of Abu Dhabi’s growing importance as a global hub. In addition to Amsterdam, Etihad Airways will also launch flights to Sao Paulo, Washington D.C., and Ho Chi Minh City in 2013.”

Etihad expects strong demand for its service from the Dutch community in the United Arab Emirates, which consists of more than 5,000 Dutch nationals and 300 Dutch companies. Bilateral trade between the Netherlands and UAE is currently valued at US$3.6 billion annually.

The carrier will operate two-class Airbus A330-200 widebodies on its Amsterdam service. Each is configured with 22 seats in Pearl Business class and 240 in Coral Economy class, offering each week a total of 3,668 seats between the two capital cities.

Expansion of the Etihad-KLM codeshare agreement will see Etihad Airways placing its ‘EY’ code on KLM flights from Amsertdam to Stockholm, Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds/Bradford, Madrid, Nice and Toronto. This adds to the current codeshare flights to Billund, Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo, and Stavanger.

Although Air France will take delivery of A350-900s before sister carrier KLM will, parent company Air France KLM says the Dutch airline will operate the Airbus type. KLM will take delivery of the group's first Boeing 787, receiving its first 787-9 in 2016

Although Air France will take delivery of A350-900s before sister carrier KLM will, parent company Air France KLM says the Dutch airline will operate the Airbus type. KLM will take delivery of the group’s first Boeing 787, receiving its first 787-9 in 2016

 

In return, KLM will place its ‘KL’ code on Etihad Airways’ flights to Baghdad, Basra, Calicut, Cochin, Dhaka, Erbil, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Chennai, Male, Peshawar, Seychelles and Trivandrum.  This adds to the current codeshare flights to Colombo, Islamabad, Lahore, Melbourne, and Sydney.

“It is great news for KLM, Schipol Airport and the Netherlands that Etihad Airways will launch its own daily service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi and that we have expanded the codeshare agreement and forged even closer ties between the two cities,” Peter Hartman, president and chief executive officer of KLM, said at the Amsterdam press conference.

“KLM’s Abu Dhabi service has been very successful and it is welcoming news for air travelers that it will increase to daily and that we will also place our ‘KL’ code on Etihad Airways new daily flights which will start on 15 May,” Hartman added.

KLM has taken delivery of this new Boeing 777-300ER which features the colors of the SkyTeam Alliance. The aircraft also is the first to be painted using chrome-free paint as part of a new experiment by Boeing and several airline customers intended to reduce the environmental impact of the aircraft-painting and paint-stripping process

KLM took delivery of this new Boeing 777-300ER featuring the colors of the SkyTeam Alliance. The aircraft also was the first to be painted using chrome-free paint as part of an experiment by Boeing and several airline customers intended to reduce the environmental impact of the aircraft-painting and paint-stripping process

 

Etihad Airways and strategic partner Air France-KLM unveiled plans to work together on codeshare routes, commercial development and cost synergies in October 2012. The agreement expanded the UAE flag carrier’s network to 337 destinations.

The new codeshare destinations are part of the Abu Dhabi airline’s 10-year network growth plan, which calls for Etihad Airways itself to fly to more than 100 destinations with a fleet of more than 150 aircraft by 2020.

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