Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates, will commence non-stop service to Indonesia from its base in Abu Dhabi on March 16, 2006.
Flying four times a week, EY 423 will depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 01:45 hours, arriving in Jakarta at 13.30 hours; on the return, EY 424 will take off from Jakarta at 15.20 hours to land in Abu Dhabi at 20.45 hours. Flying time from Jakarta to Bali is only 1.5 hours with numerous easy connections available on a number of carriers operating between the two destinations.
"Etihad's decision to fly non-stop to Jakarta is welcome news to both our business and holiday guests as well as to our cargo customers, because Indonesia is a popular destination and has a thriving business community," said Ian Ferguson-Brown, Head of Brand Management & Communications, Etihad Airways.The announcement of the new Indonesian route is the latest in a series of new destinations announced by Etihad in recent weeks, including Manchester, Manila, Muscat, Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.
The new service to Jakarta, operated initially with one of the airline's new Airbus A330-200 aircraft, will further boost the cargo capacity by adding around 200 tons of cargo space per month, in each direction.
Similarly, Etihad Holidays the tour operating arm of the Airline, has indicated that the new Etihad service to Indonesia will present enormous opportunities for guests flying between Abu Dhabi and Asia. In addition to Jakarta, guests can now fly on to Bali and a number of other Indonesian destinations.
"Etihad's new service to Jakarta represents truly global expansion on the part of the airline, and further supports our mission to link Abu Dhabi with the world's most important commercial and cultural centers," added Ferguson-Brown.
Etihad Airways was set up as the National Airline of the United Arab Emirates in July 2003 by a Royal decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, then the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Services.
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