Abu Dhabi based carrier Etihad has moved forward the launch date for its Dublin route to the start of July. The airline had originally planned to serve the Irish capital from August, but says that it has brought forward this date because "demand has grown significantly".
Etihad will operate four flights per week with an Airbus A330-200, configured to carry 200 passengers, with 10 in diamond zone (first class), 26 in pearl (business class), and 164 in coral (economy).
Flights EY045 (Monday and Friday) and EY041 (Tuesday and Saturday) will depart Abu Dhabi at 0205 and 1355 respectively, arriving in Dublin at 0735 and 1925, with the return legs EY042 and EY048 leaving Ireland at 1015 and 2110, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 2035 and 0730.
The flights will allow Irish-based travellers the opportunity to connect on to destinations such as India, Australasia and the Far East with Etihad. The advantage of having two timings is that travellers will be able to pick and choose depending on their connection requirements – for instance those arriving into Abu Dhabi on the 0730 flight can pick up flights EY450 to Sydney at 1010, EY206 to Mumbai at 1020, or EY218 to Delhi at 1030. Conversely the evening arrival allows timely connections to places such as Bangkok (departing Abu Dhabi at 2155 on flight EY402), and Muscat (departing 2150 on flight EY388).
The Dublin route represents the carrier's fifth new destination this year following routes to Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, and Indian destinations Trivandrum and Kochi (the latter from June 2) – Etihad will also be launching flights to Milan from September. To read Tom Otley's review of Etihad's business and first class offering on the London - Abu Dhabi route click here.
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Report by Mark Caswell