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Etihad Airways celebrates 10 years of service to Thailand

April 28, 2014 Aviation No Comments Email Email

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, this month celebrates 10 years of service to the Thai capital,Bangkok. 

The Abu Dhabi-based airline commenced services to Thailand in April 2004 with four weekly Airbus A340-500 and, in response to strong market demand, has increased frequency to three flights daily using a larger Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. This offers a total of 15,960 seats each week between the two capitals.image002 

The Abu Dhabi-Bangkok sector is the busiest on Etihad Airways’ global network. In 2013, the airline carried 742,759 passengers on the route, seven per cent more than in 2012.  It has the distinction of being the airline’s most travelled for the past four years. 

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said:”Etihad Airways has a strong track record inThailand. We owe this success as much to our own organic growth as to the support of the travel industry, Tourism Authority ofThailand, and our codeshare partners – airberlin and Bangkok Airways. 

“Our partnerships with airberlin and Bangkok Airways, in particular, have improved traveller access to popular destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui, dispersing visitors beyond the capital and generating economic benefits for local communities. 

“We look forward to many more years of fruitful partnerships and commercial success.” 

Etihad Airways recently announced plans to expand its Thai operations with the launch of daily services Phuket on 26 October 2014. The non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Phuket will use a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with 22 Pearl Business seats and 240 Coral Economy seats. These additional services have been scheduled to provide optimal connectivity between Phuket and key markets across Europe and the GCC.image005 

To cater for the needs of Thai travellers, Etihad Airways offers a range of special guest services which include Thai-speaking cabin crew, special inflight menus and a Thai-language website. 

Etihad Airways is celebrating this milestone with a 10th anniversary sale offering great value airfares to the airline’s Top 10 destinations.

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