Etihad to launch Seoul service

21 Jul 2010 by BusinessTraveller

The Abu Dhabi-based carrier says it will commence a daily service to the South Korean capital on December 12, as the airline records its strongest ever first half growth growth.

Flights will be operated with A320-200 aircraft configured for three classes, with the proposed schedule departing Abu Dhabi at 2245 on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and 1030 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, arriving at 1205 the next day and 2350 the same day respectively.

The return legs will leave at 1740 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) and 0110 (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), landing back in Abu Dhabi at 2320 the same day and 0650 the next day.

Meanwhile Etihad has announced record first half passenger figures, with passenger numbers up 11 per cent, and revenue passenger kilometres up 22.6 per cent on the same period in 2009.

The airline says it will operate a total of 1,032 flights a week this summer, a 16 per cent rise on the 888 weekly flights operated during the same season in 2009.

Commenting on the results James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ CEO, said:

“We are very pleased with our performance over the first half of this year. Despite the continuing economic challenges faced by all airlines, our investment in infrastructure and in our service offer is paying off.

“Looking forward, the trends are promising, with forward bookings on an upward trajectory. We are also seeing signs of improvements in premium traffic.

“With this continued improvement in our passenger and cargo traffic, particularly in the premium cabins, we are confident of meeting our targets.”

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Report by Mark Caswell

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