Etihad Adds Fourth Daily Year-Round Frequency to London

Jul 30, 2019

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United Arab Emirates-based Etihad Airways is expanding its presence in London. The carrier, which currently operates three daily year-round flights between its hub in Abu Dhabi (AUH) and London (LHR), is adding a fourth daily year-round flight.

Beginning this winter season, Etihad will operate another AUH-LHR frequency using one of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. According to a press release, the fourth and latest frequency will begin on 27 October 2019 on the following year-round schedule:

  • EY17 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 1:40pm Departure ⇒ London (LHR) 5:45pm Arrival
  • EY18 London (LHR) 9:05pm Departure ⇒ Abu Dhabi (AUH) 8:05 (+1) Arrival

With the year-round service, Etihad will operate 42 weekly departures to and from the UK. The other three daily flights will continue to operate on the following schedules:

  • EY11 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 2:40am Departure ⇒  London (LHR) 6:45am Arrival
  • EY12 London (LHR) 9am Departure ⇒  Abu Dhabi (AUH) 8:05pm Arrival
  • EY19 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 8:05am Departure ⇒  London (LHR) 12pm Arrival
  • EY20 London (LHR) 2:05pm Departure ⇒ Abu Dhabi (AUH) 1:05am (+1) Arrival
  • EY25 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 10:45am Departure ⇒  London (LHR) 2:50pm Arrival
  • EY26 London (LHR) 8pm Departure ⇒  Abu Dhabi (AUH) 7am (+1) Arrival

Etihad’s 787-9 features a two-class configuration. Passengers can expect 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. This is in contrast to Etihad’s three other daily frequencies, all of which are operated by the carrier’s three-class A380s — also featuring the famous Residence product.

In the business class cabin on the 787-9, passengers can expect 28 lie-flat seats in a staggered configuration.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

Meanwhile, in the economy cabin, passengers can expect 271 seats in a 3-3-3 configuration. Each of the seats offers 31-32 inches of pitch and just over 17 inches of width.

(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy)

“The flagship Abu Dhabi to London route is tremendously popular with point-to-point business and leisure travellers, and those transiting beyond our hub and we recently boosted frequencies between the two cities to meet increased demand at peak travel times”, said Robin Kamark, commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group. “Adding a fourth year-round flight will provide much needed capacity and optimised timings and easy connections to key destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia”.

Four daily frequencies is a lot for a single carrier between AUH and London. Clearly, the demand must be there in order for Etihad to continue expanding on the same route, which is already heavily served to another UAE destination, Dubai (DXB).

H/T: Traveling for Miles

Featured photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.

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