Etihad will add three weekly flights to its existing daily Manchester service, and will also increase frequencies to Paris, Geneva, Milan, Brussels, Beijing and Bangalore.
The carrier will offer ten flights per week on its Manchester-Abu Dhabi route from this summer, although the airline has yet to announce the exact date when the new flights will commence or on which days they will operate.
The move follows Etihad’s decision to replace its A330-200 aircraft with larger B777-300ERs on the Manchester route last year, increasing capacity by around 60 per cent but also resulting in economy class configuration moving from nine across to ten across (see online news February 18, 2010 and May 6, 2010).
In addition Etihad will increase frequencies on several other routes this summer, with Paris going to a double daily service (from the current ten flights per week), Geneva, Milan and Beijing increasing from five flights per week to daily, Brussels increasing to eight weekly flights (from the current six), and Bangalore increasing from four flights per week to a daily service.
Flights to Chicago will also see an increase in capacity with a B777-300ER being rostered onto the route. The increased frequencies and capacities will be made possible by the delivery of three A330-200 and two B777-300ER aircraft this summer.
For more information visit etihadairways.com.
Report by Mark Caswell