Etihad Airways is changing its flight schedule
to South Korea, in order to deliver improved connectivity through
its Abu Dhabi hub.
The changes will see Etihad Airways move to a
same-time-daily flight schedule between Abu Dhabi and Seoul
(Incheon). The airline’s current Abu Dhabi-Seoul flight schedule
is split; with different departure times on different days of the
From January 2013, Etihad Airways flight EY876
will depart Abu Dhabi at 22:05 and arrive at Seoul’s Incheon
airport at 11:45 the next day.
Flight EY873 will depart Seoul
(Incheon) at 00:45 and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 06:50 am the same
schedule changes in early 2013 will boost connectivity over the
Abu Dhabi hub and deliver major customer benefits,” said James
Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer. “Travelers will have more choice, convenience and flexibility
– particularly for travel between South Korea and the GCC, Middle
East, Africa and Europe, and South America when Sao Paulo comes
online in July 2013.”
Mr Hogan predicted the new schedule would
attract new customer segments that were emerging with closer
political and commercial ties between the UAE
and South Korea.
“With more than 5000 South Korean
nationals living and working in the region, and a growing number
of Korean and Emirati enterprises – like Korean Electric Power
Corporation and Abu Dhabi Ship Building – engaging in major
infrastructure and development projects, South Korea is very
important to the UAE and to Etihad Airways,” he said.
Hogan also highlighted fresh opportunities for growing leisure
travel to South Korea from the GCC, the Middle East and Europe. “There is huge potential to work with our partners
in the travel and tourism sector network-wide to grow tourism to
South Korea, which is a country rich in history and centuries-old
The January 2013 schedule change will see an
upgrade of aircraft type, from a three-class Airbus A330-300 to a
larger Airbus A340-500 configured with 12 seats in Diamond First
class, 28 seats in Pearl Business class, and 200 seats in Coral Economy class.
Etihad Airways commenced daily services to Seoul
(Incheon) on 10 December 2010 with an Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
The airline currently employs a total of 159 Korean nationals
across its global network. This includes 28 Abu Dhabi-based pilots and 109 cabin crew.
Etihad Airways also has a codeshare agreement with Asiana Airlines (OZ), the major airline of South Korea, for
flights between Seoul (Incheon) and Abu Dhabi and beyond.
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