ETIHAD AIRWAYS is marking its five-year codeshare partnership with Aegean Airlines by increasing its non-stop daily services between Athens and Abu Dhabi to 10 times per week, whilst the major Greek airline is set to launch new direct flights to the UAE capital.
Since the flag carrier of the UAE commenced operations to Athens in June 2009, it has carried almost 3,700 tonnes of cargo.
For the summer season Etihad will also deploy a wide-body Airbus A330-200 on the route and return to using an A320 on the winter schedule.
Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer at Etihad, enthuses: “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.”
Dimitris Gerogiannis, managing director Aegean Airlines, adds: “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 will operate its new Athens-Abu Dhabi service with an A320.