Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi – Riyadh route,effective 1February 2017.
The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The new daily late night departures from both Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are timed to allow guests to spend full days in either city. Arrivals into Abu Dhabi International Airport provide guests with more connections to early morning services to Europe, North America and the Indian Subcontinent. These include London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, Delhi and Mumbai.
Together with a Boeing 777 and the recently-introduced Boeing 787on the route, the new service will increase the number of weekly seats to 10,600 between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. Codeshare partner flynas will continue to operate a daily flight on the route.
Kevin Knight, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said: “Our expanded services between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh are in line with Etihad Airways’ strategy to offer more choice, greater frequency and additional travel options when aircraft availability and market conditions permit.
“The extra flights will cater to the strong demand between thetwo capital cities, and bring closer our global network to Riyadh over our Abu Dhabi hub.”
Etihad Airways launched scheduled flights to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with services to Riyadh in 2004, and has steadily grown capacity with additional frequencies and aircraft upgrades to its current double daily operation.
From February 1, the airline will operate 70 return flights each week to and from four Saudi cities.On the Riyadh route alone, Etihad Airways has flown more than 2.5 million guests since 2004.
Etihad Airways’ flights to Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam are complemented by Saudi codeshare partner flynas, whose dedicated services between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam provide travellers with even more choice.
Daily flight schedule between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh,effective 1 February 2017:
Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY315 Abu Dhabi 01:55 Riyadh
Daily Boeing 777-300
EY316 Riyadh 04:15 Abu Dhabi 07:00 Daily Boeing 777-300
EY 317 Abu Dhabi 10:15 Riyadh 11:15 Daily Boeing 787-9
EY 318 Riyadh 16:25 Abu Dhabi 19:10 Daily Boeing 787-9
EY351 * Abu Dhabi 21:00 Riyadh 22:00 Daily Airbus A320
EY352 * Riyadh 22:50 Abu Dhabi 01:35+1 Daily Airbus A320
XY 220 ** Abu Dhabi 14:45 Riyadh 15:45 Daily Airbus A320
XY 219 ** Riyadh 09:35 Abu Dhabi 12:20 Daily Airbus A320
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.
* Additional daily flights operated by Etihad Airways
** Flights operated by codeshare partner flynas
About Etihad Aviation Group
Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) is a diversified global aviation and travel group comprising four business divisions – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways Engineering, Hala Group and Airline Equity Partners. The group has minority investments in seven airlines: airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Virgin Australia, and Swiss-based Darwin Airline, trading as Etihad Regional.
From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to, or has announced plans to serve, more than 110 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of over 120 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, with 204 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777Xs, 62 Airbus A350s and 10 Airbus A380s. For more information, please visit: etihad.com
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