Etihad Airways will launch a new daily service to Vienna, Austria using a two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The airline said it’s introducing the new service to provide greater choice and convenience for business and leisure travellers between the UAE and Austria, and to promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi.

The UAE flag carrier will start operating this route with four weekly flights between May 22 and June 30, then daily from July 1 to August 8. After that, it’ll fly this route five times per week between September 1 to November 30, and then resume the daily service from December 1.

The outbound flight is a red-eye scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 0255 and arrive in Vienna at 0700 in the morning. The return leg is scheduled to depart from Vienna at 1145, before landing back in Abu Dhabi at 1910.

The airline said departures have been “conveniently timed” to arrive early morning in Vienna, and to connect seamlessly in both directions via Abu Dhabi to gateways across the Etihad network including the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

From To Flight No. Departs Arrives Days
Abu Dhabi (AUH) Vienna (VIE) EY53 0255 0700 Daily
Vienna (VIE) Abu Dhabi (AUH) EY53 1145 1910

Etihad’s two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft is equipped with 290 seats, including 28 business class seats and 262 economy class seats.

Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Vienna is the largest unserved market from Abu Dhabi and the announcement of this route brings the number of our European passenger destinations to 22.

“Austria is an important trade and tourism partner for the UAE and the new flights will enable us to take advantage of the increasing business and leisure demand between the two countries.

“Trade between the UAE and Austria is strong and there are approximately 180 Austrian companies operating in the emirates. Tourism has been increasing in both directions with Austria becoming an increasingly popular year-round destination with UAE nationals and residents, attracted by the centuries old culture, breathtaking scenery, and famous ski resorts. Vienna itself has been consistently voted the world’s most liveable city. We are delighted to be initiating a direct service between both capitals in time for the summer.”

The Gulf carrier has recently joined the Worldwide by Easyjet connections service, which allows customers to book tickets through the Easyjet website, for connecting flights between 68 European cities and Abu Dhabi via ten European airports served by Etihad.