Etihad buys Heathrow slots, increases capacity to Aus

  Etihad CEO James Hogan and Victoria’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events the Hon. Louise Asher MP,  celebrate the announcement of increased capacity to Melbourne.

Etihad Airways has announced it will move its Boeing 777-300ER on flights between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne from 1 December 2013, to increase capacity between the two cities.

The three-class, 328-seat 777 will replace the current Airbus A340 fleet, to add 252 more seats per week.

The 777 aircraft will also offer eight seats in Diamond First class, 40 in Pearl Business class and 280 in Coral Economy class. 

Meanwhile, the carrier’s relationship with Garuda Indonesia has turned up a notch, with the two airlines unveiling new codeshare destinations in Indonesia, Europe, the Middle East, Singapore and Australia.

Etihad will add its EY code on Garuda’s flights between Jakarta and Singapore, Denpasar Bali, Manado, Surabaya, Balikpapan and Makassar and between Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam.

Etihad will also add its EY code on Garuda services between Jakarta and Perth, due to commence in June this year.

Garuda will in turn add its GA code on Etihad flights to Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Bahrain and Brussels.

Commencing from 21 June 2013, Etihad Airways will re-time its flights between Jakarta and Abu Dhabi to offer seamless connectivity to and from even more destinations in the airline’s global network.

In other Etihad news, this week, the UAE carrier also purchased three pairs of Heathrow slots from Indian airline, Jet Airways, on a sale and lease back agreement.

The US$70 million purchase is an extension to their existing commercial partnership and will permit Jet Airways to continue operating flights to London utilising the slots.

Earlier this year, reports circulated hinting that Etihad was in the market to purchase almost a quarter of the Indian airline.

Although still awaiting confirmation, Etihad noted it would continue to “progress discussion about further investment in Jet Airways”.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J.
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