Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has completed its maiden flight from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, the first of a six-times a week, non-stop, service between the two capitals.
Following an official ceremony at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Guests of flight EY 405, which included the airline’s CEO James Hogan and Malaysian Ambassador to the UAE H.E. Dato’ Mubin Razali, departed for KL.
Mr. Hogan said: “This new service is set to become one of Etihad’s most popular with Kuala Lumpur an established and highly popular business and leisure travel destination for UAE and Middle-Eastern nationals.”
“Furthermore Etihad will offer Malaysia-based Guests easy access to key international trading hubs in the Middle East and Europe via Abu Dhabi. This route will have a considerable impact in both corporate and leisure sectors in both countries.”
Kuala Lumpur is Etihad Airways’ fourth destination in the Asia-Pacific region after Bangkok, Jakarta and Manila. The city will join other recently launched routes including Tehran, New York, Brussels, Casablanca, Dhaka and Johannesburg on Etihad’s impressive network.
Since its launch in 2003, Etihad has rapidly expanded its services and fleet size, which has led to the carrier being awarded the prestigious title of “the World’s Leading New Airline’ for three successive years.
Etihad will operate one of its three-zone Airbus A340-300 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur, which is configured to carry 10 Guests in Diamond zone, 30 Guests in Pearl zone and 225 in Coral zone.
The service will operate every day of the week except Saturday. Outbound EY 405 will depart Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) at 02:40, arriving at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) at 14:15. The return flight EY 406 will depart Kuala Lumpur at 15:00, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 18:15.
Photo caption: (Left to right) Etihad Airways CEO, James Hogan and Malaysian Ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Dato’ Abdul Mubin Razali celebrate the launch of Etihad’s new route to Kuala Lumpur
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways is the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates and based in the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi.
Currently Etihad offers flights for Guests and cargo to 47 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.
For further information contact Etihad Airways Corporate Communications.Tel: +971 2 505 8336 or visit the airline’s websites, www.etihadairways.com