Credit By: Khaleej Times
Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, achieved a historic milestone by operating the first commercial flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport’s Terminal A. The inaugural flight, EY224, to New Delhi began a new era for passengers traveling through this state-of-the-art terminal. Terminal A is a crucial part of Etihad’s growth strategy, with the capacity to handle up to 45 million passengers annually and connect Abu Dhabi to 117 global destinations.
Historic Inaugural Flight
The inaugural flight, Etihad flight EY224, departed Terminal A at 2.35 pm and was served by one of Etihad’s Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, accommodating 359 passengers. It was a momentous experience for guests who checked in at Terminal A for the first time.
Flagship Etihad Lounges
To commemorate this significant occasion, passengers, including those in Economy and Business classes, had the unique privilege of being the first guests at the new flagship Etihad Lounges, spanning three floors within Terminal A. The Etihad Lounge offered a special celebratory menu for guests to enjoy before departing for their flight.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Distinguished Guests
A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially inaugurated the ceremonial flight, attended by prominent guests, including members of the Etihad and Abu Dhabi Airport Board, as well as aviation leaders. Distinguished individuals such as Antoniadou Neves, CEO of Etihad, Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim CEO, and Frank McCrorie, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, welcomed the airport’s first guests.
Antoniadou Neves’ Perspective
Antoniadou Neves, CEO of Etihad, expressed excitement about this pivotal moment in Etihad’s history as the airline prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary. He commended the vision of Abu Dhabi’s leadership in creating one of the world’s most remarkable airports, with a stunning architectural design that reflects the local landscape.
Elena Sorlini’s Remarks
Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim CEO at Abu Dhabi Airports, highlighted that this historic moment was a significant milestone for Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways, and the emirate. She emphasized the increased capacity and state-of-the-art facilities that Terminal A offers airlines and passengers.
Etihad will transition its flights to Terminal A in a phased approach beginning on November 9. During this period, passengers must check their terminal information within two days of travel to ensure accurate details. From November 9 to 14, Etihad will operate from both Terminal A and Terminal 3, with the complete transition to Terminal A set to take place from 11 a.m. on November 14.
This development represents a significant step forward in Abu Dhabi’s aviation sector, enhancing the capacity and facilities available to travelers and airlines, and symbolizes the commitment to achieving a brighter future for air travel in the region.
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