Etihad Airways has cancelled its planned B787-9 service to Moscow and is reducing its three daily services to the Russian capital to two.
The Gulf carrier had planned to add the Dreamliner onto its Abu Dhabi-Moscow Domodedovo route from June 1 (see news, July 2014). However, this has now been shelved.
From March 29, Etihad will operate two daily flights to Moscow operated by an A320 and A321 aircraft, reports airlineroute.net.
Outbound flights EY065 and EY063 will depart Abu Dhabi at 0235 and 1500, landing in Moscow at 0710 and 1935 respectively. Return flights EY068 and EY064 leave Moscow at 1255 and 2345, and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 1920 and 0610 the next day respectively.
The decision is similar to that made by Qatar Airways, which, as reported earlier today, will also reduce capacity on its Doha to Moscow Domodedovo route (see news, February 24).