Etihad Airways and codeshare partner, Aegean Airlines recently celebrated five years of services between Athens and Abu Dhabi.
Etihad Airways began services to Athens in June 2009 and since then has carried approximately 400,000 guests. Due to ever-increasing demand, the airline is gearing up to heigten its current daily Athens-Abu Dhabi services to 10 a week as of July 2, 2014.
For the summer 2014 season Etihad Airways will also utilise a wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the Athens-Abu Dhabi route, returning to Airbus A320 operations for the winter season.
"Year-on-year, our Athens route has exceeded our expectations and we are delighted to build on this success by adding more capacity to and from Greece, and officially mark our codeshare partnership here in Athens with Aegean, Greece's largest commercial airline," declared chief commercial officer, Etihad Airways, Peter Baumgartner.
"From today, Aegean will operate four weekly services to our home and hub, Abu Dhabi, providing convenient onward connections for guests to destinations on the Etihad Airways network right across the globe. Etihad Airways will place its EY flight code on these new Aegean services, and focusing on our guests in the travel and tourism industry, the business community and governments, we look forward to further cementing the strong ties between Greece and the UAE," he added.
Also commenting was managing director, Aegean Airlines, Dimitris Gerogiannis: "We congratulate Etihad Airways on the fifth anniversary of its operations to Greece and we are delighted to be working together to launch our direct flights to Abu Dhabi.
"We have taken the strategic decision to enhance our presence in the wider Gulf area and through our partnership with Etihad Airways, we are now in the position of offering enhanced connection possibilities and premium services to our clients. Aegean strongly believes that through partnerships like the one we inaugurate today with Etihad Airways, that we will continue our active support for the tourism industry of our country."
Aegean Airlines additionally celebrated the launch of its direct route to the UAE capital. The new Athens-Abu Dhabi route will be serviced with a 168-seat Airbus A320 aircraft. The airline will also place Etihad Airways EY flight code on Aegean services to 16 destinations across Greece.