Etihad Airways is to boost its Indian flying
programme with the addition of Hyderabad to its expanding global
The Abu Dhabi-based airline will become the
first airline to operate flights between its home base and the
state capital of Andhra Pradesh, when it launches its non-stop,
four times a week service from November 2009. The service will
become daily from the start of 2010.
of Hyderabad brings the number of Indian destinations served by
Etihad to seven and follows successful bi-lateral talks between
the governments of the UAE and India, aimed at further
liberalising flying links between the two countries.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said, “Etihad
has made no secret of the fact that it wants to build up its
Indian services and looks forward to expand its flying programme
to the country with the launch of this exciting new service.
“Hyderabad is a key Indian destination not currently
served directly from Abu Dhabi. It therefore represents a great
opportunity for our airline, one which I am sure will be warmly
welcomed by the large Hyderabadi community living and working
within the Emirate.”
Known as the ‘City of Pearls’ and ‘City of Nizams’, Hyderabad
is well-known for its rich history, culture and architecture and,
in recent times, has emerged as a modern centre for information
technology and bio-technology industries as well as an
increasingly popular conference and exhibitions location. The city
is also a centre for film-making and is home to the world's
largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City.
Etihad currently operates 38 flights a week from the UAE
to India, with flights from Abu Dhabi to the commercial capital
Mumbai, the national capital New Delhi, and also
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kochi (Cochin) and Kozhikode
(Calicut) in the southern Indian state of Kerala, as well as
The airline is also pushing to
secure further traffic rights from Abu Dhabi to other India
cities, including Bangalore.
Etihad will operate a
two class Airbus A320 on the new Hyderabad route configured to
carry 140 passengers with 20 in business class and 120 in economy
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