A revised flight schedule and the deployment of its new B787-9 on the Abu Dhabi–Singapore route give travellers on Etihad Airways the option of reduced downtime or more daytime in the Lion City.
The changes, which include the introduction of first class, should strengthen the carrier’s base in Abu Dhabi as a connection hub for those flying in from the GCC, Africa and Europe.
From June 1, Etihad will replace its two-class A330-200 with a three-class A330-300, which will offer eight suites in first class, along with 32 seats in business and 191 in economy.
This will be followed by a new flight schedule, which sees both the Abu Dhabi–Singapore and Singapore–Abu Dhabi legs operate as evening flights. According to Etihad’s president and chief executive, James Hogan, the change in flight times will allow for better connection options.
First class suite on the B787-9
“The new schedule timings – with evening departures in both directions – will offer guests in the UAE and Singapore more convenient travel times and improved connectivity to 35 destinations in the GCC, Middle East, Africa and Europe,” said Hogan.
The existing arrival times of flight EY470 are such that Singapore-bound travellers only arrive late at night, and many are forced to pay for an extra night of accommodation.
Revised flight times will instead see EY470 depart Abu Dhabi at 2210, and arrives in Singapore at 1015 the following day. The morning arrival of the service ensures that travellers are afforded a full day in the country, or may connect immediately to ongoing flights. Timings for the return flight EY473 will remain unchanged.
From August 1, Etihad will deploy one B787-9 aircraft on the route. Like the A330-300, the Dreamliner will feature a three-class configuration, with eight suites in first, 28 seats in business and 199 in economy.
Having taken delivery of its first Dreamliner in December 2014, the Gulf carrier now has two B787-9s in its fleet, with 39 on order. Etihad deploys the aircraft on flights to Dusseldorf, Washington DC and Mumbai (see here).
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