Etihad Airways to increase frequency to London for the festive season

First flight on December 1, 2017

Effective December 15, 2018 – January 13, 2019, Etihad Airways will increase its flights from Abu Dhabi (below) to London Heathrow, from three to four daily services, to meet peak demand this festive season.

The flights will be operated by a two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.

The additional services will also provide more connecting opportunities for passengers travelling between London and key destinations on Etihad’s global network.

Abu Dhabi – London schedule for additional peak period services:

Flight No.

Origin

Departs

Destination

Arrives

Aircraft

EY13

Abu Dhabi

07:05

London Heathrow

11:00

Boeing 787-9

EY14

London Heathrow

12:50

Abu Dhabi

23:45

Boeing 787-9

These services will operate in addition to Etihad Airways’ regularly scheduled 3 daily Abu Dhabi to London services which will continue to operate on 3-class Airbus A380 aircraft.

In addition to the seasonal increase of service to London, Etihad Airways has also recently announced seasonal frequency increases and aircraft upgrades on a number of key routes to meet increased demand over the peak winter period. This includes additional capacity to Bahrain, Belgrade, Cairo, Istanbul, Medina and Kuwait.

In other news, Etihad Airways has launched a contemporary airport lounge brand in partnership with No1 Lounges. To be known as ‘The House’, the project is the result of a unique collaboration between the airline and the award-winning lounge provider, which will operate the new brand. 

The project begins at London Heathrow, where Etihad Airways’ lounge will be rebranded ‘The House, home of Etihad Airways and other leading airlines’. The scope of the new lounge brand may be expanded to include other lounges.

No1 Lounges has worked closely with Etihad Airways to create a bold, contemporary and aspirational experience which will continue to deliver and exceed the service, hospitality and interior design expectations of the airline’s discerning customers.

The choice of UK-based No1 Lounges for this project follows a study of leading global lounge service providers and an extensive RFP process by the airline. No1 Lounges’ proven expertise and experience will see a number of enhancements to the lounge experience for Etihad Airways’ customers, building on the airline’s reputation for service excellence, and providing more choice and quality. This collaboration will also allow better utilisation of the lounge and make the experience accessible to a wider market.

Complimentary entry will continue to be offered to Etihad Airways Business Class and First Class customers, and to those travelling in The Residence. Gold and Platinum members of the airline’s Etihad Guest frequent flyer programme and Business Class and First Class travellers ticketed on codeshare partner services operated by Etihad Airways will also eligible for access.

The airline will also offer paid-for access to The House for its Economy Class travellers. The lounge will also continue to be used by the premium passengers of a small number of other airlines and, subject to availability, will be available for purchase by passengers of other airlines.

From launch, guests will enjoy a new, white-linen dining experience and a more extensive bar service, including freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, world coffees and a more sophisticated wine list.

Over the next year, the lounge will be reconfigured to include new lounge areas, bar, dining room, and reading room, as well as upgraded showers and prayer rooms. The new bar will also offer a comprehensive cocktail and mocktail list.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Etihad): Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLS (msn 39664) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 940239.

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