Etihad Plans New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Route To Vienna

Etihad has announced its latest route. The new route will initially see a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flying between Abu Dhabi and Vienna four times per week once it launches in May.

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Etihad has announced it will launch flights between Abu Dhabi and Vienna. Photo: Getty Images

Etihad Airways didn’t get off to the best start today, announcing that they had been forced to suspend up to 12 daily flights to Saudi Arabia. This was due to new travel restrictions introduced by the nation. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. The United Arab Emirates flag carrier today announced it will launch flights to Vienna from May onwards. The route will be operated by the airline’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Initially four times weekly

Etihad today announced its new route to Vienna. However, the roll-out of the route won’t be instantaneous. At its peak, Etihad will operate the route daily, but initially, only four flights per week will operate. Let us take a look at the details:

Etihad will first launch the new flight to Vienna on the 22nd of May. Until the 30th of June 2020, the flight will be operated just four times per week. Throughout July and August, the flight will begin to operate daily. Then, from the 1st of September 2020, the route will fall back down to five times per week, before once again becoming daily from December.

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The route as the crow flies between Abu Dhabi and Vienna. Photo: GCMap

The flight schedule

Once launched, the route between Abu Dhabi and Vienna will be operated to the following schedule:

  • EY 53 will depart from Abu Dhabi at 02:55 in the morning. The Boeing 787 will then fly to Vienna where it is due to arrive at 07:00.
  • EY 54 will then depart from Vienna after 4-hours and 45-minutes on the ground at 11:45. Following its return journey, the aircraft is scheduled to arrive in Abu Dhabi at 19:10.

As such, the total time for the flight’s rotation clocks in at 16-hours and 15-minutes. This means that even when operating daily, only one aircraft will be needed to fill the requirements of operating the route.

Two-class Boeing 787

Etihad will place its two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its new route to Vienna. According to the airline, this aircraft has a total of 290 seats on board. 28 of these are what the airline defines as ‘Business Studios’. The remaining 262 are ‘Economy Smart Seats’.

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The two-class Boeing 787-9 has 28 Business Studios along with 262 economy seats. Photo: Etihad Airways

Speaking of the new route announcement, Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer at Etihad Aviation Group, said,

“Vienna is the largest unserved market from Abu Dhabi and the announcement of this route brings the number of our European passenger destinations to 22. Austria is an important trade and tourism partner for the UAE and the new flights will enable us to take advantage of the increasing business and leisure demand between the two countries.”

What do you make of Etihad’s new route to Vienna from Abu Dhabi? Will you be using it yourself? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!