Etihad Airways is launching a twice-weekly service between Abu Dhabi and Rabat.
The service will start on January 15, operating on Wednesdays and Fridays, using an A340-500 aircraft configured to carry 240 passengers, with 12 in first class, 28 in business and 200 in economy.
The new service is Etihad's second destination in Morocco, joining its existing daily service to Casablanca. This brings to nearly 4,200 the total number of seats available to passengers travelling on the carrier's services between the UAE and Morocco each week.
James Hogan, Etihad president and CEO, said: "The new service provides passengers with more choice and two-way connectivity between Morocco and the UAE, and onwards over our hub in Abu Dhabi to key destinations across our global network in the GCC, the Indian Subcontinent, south-east Asia and Australia.
"We remain committed to building sustainable ties in the North African region and deepening the strong relationship between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates."
Etihad has a codeshare agreement with Royal Air Maroc, providing links for passengers on flights to Casablanca to destinations throughout Morocco, including Agadir, Marrakech, and Tangier.
The airline also operates scheduled services to nine other destinations in Africa - Johannesburg, Khartoum, Casablanca, Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi, Entebbe, Dar es Salaam (from December 1) and Mahé in the Seychelles.
The daily flight schedule between Abu Dhabi and Rabat, effective January 15, and subject to government approval:
Flight no. Origin Destination Departs Arrives Aircraft DOW
EY615 Abu Dhabi Rabat 1000 1515 A340-500 Wed/Fri
EY616 Rabat Abu Dhabi 2000 0725 A340-500 Wed/Fri