Late final week, Etihad Airways operated its inaugural flight from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. After over a decade of flying to Domodedovo, Abu Dhabi hopes its flag service’s day by day companies from Sheremetyevo will serve to strengthen monetary ties with Russia.
Simply in time for what guarantees to be essentially the most riveting season remaining race in current reminiscence, it’s not simply the System 1 ambulating circus that will probably be a brand new arrival in Abu Dhabi. The emirate is trying to improve the variety of incoming vacationers from Russia by shifting Etihad’s Moscow service to Sheremetyevo Airport and its latest terminal.
Transfer north to newer amenities
Etihad Airways has moved its operations from Moscow Domodedovo (DME) to the south of the megapolis, to Sheremetyevo (SVO) and the airport’s latest passenger amenities at Terminal C. The inaugural flight, EY63, took off on December 2nd at 09:35 from Abu Dhabi Worldwide Airport (AUH).
An Etihad Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner landed at SVO at 14:25 native time and was greeted by a particular ceremony. The welcoming committee included H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Jaber, UAE Ambassador to Russia, and Tony Douglas, CEO for the Etihad Aviation Group.
“After 13 years connecting our two capital cities, we’re delighted to introduce the 787 on this route and transfer to Russia’s latest and most refined airport, offering higher connectivity for friends between Abu Dhabi and Moscow in help of our goal to develop commerce and tourism alternatives between our two nations,” stated Tony Douglas upon the arrival of the plane.
Return flight EY64 departs from SVO at 15:50 and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 22:15, native occasions. Etihad will function the route with both a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner or an Airbus A321. The service presently has 30 of the previous and ten of the latter in its fleet. Nevertheless, a further 11 787-9s are on their manner, as are 26 A321neo plane.
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Air journey collaboration and diplomacy
The airline says that an elevated day by day flight schedule would supply Russian holidaymakers and enterprise vacationers with extra alternatives to go to the UAE. In flip, it states, this would be the ‘begin of a brand new part’ in relations and financial ties between the 2 nations.
Moreover, complementing the transfer to SVO, Etihad is increasing its collaboration with the Russian flag service Aeroflot. The 2 events say that they are going to be launching codeshare agreements throughout their respective networks, in addition to exploring different areas of cooperation.
UAE residents can obtain an entry visa on arrival in Russia, whereas Russians can get hold of a visa legitimate for 30 days on arrival within the UAE.
After three years of development, the brand new Terminal C at Sheremetyevo formally opened in January 2020. Will probably be residence to worldwide carriers and has a capability of 20 million passengers per yr. It varieties a single, joint house along with Terminal B.
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