Etihad Airways, the UAE national carrier, is celebrating 15 years of service to India. The airline’s anniversary coincides with the third visit to the UAE of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
Etihad took off in 2004 and the new UAE national carrier immediately launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai. By early 2005, flights were also launched between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi. Times have gone since and Etihad has now one of the most comprehensive network of Indian destinations out of the UAE.
The carrier currently operates 159 return flights per week between Abu Dhabi and Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. Through its Abu Dhabi hub, Etihad connects each of these gateways to international destinations throughout the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, and Africa. Since launching operations, Etihad has carried more than 16.5 million passengers on its Indian routes
Etihad Airways Group CEO Tony Douglas said: “India and the United Arab Emirates share a long and strong economic, cultural and diplomatic relationship. Etihad serves more destinations in India than to any other country, and we connect India to the world via Abu Dhabi. Globally, we employ more than 4,800 Indian nationals, almost 25% of our workforce. Our commitment is significant, and will continue to grow.”
The airline is continually increasing flights to India and is adding newer, larger aircraft, including its latest addition, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which serves cities including Mumbai, Delhi, and Hyderabad.
As a minority shareholder and key partner of Jet Airways, Etihad was able to improve international connectivity with India, via Abu Dhabi. Even after Jet’s flights were suspended earlier this year, Etihad worked consistently to the revival of the Indian carrier. It continues to explore opportunities to collaborate with other local partners.
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Photo: Etihad Airways stand at ITB Asia 2019