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Etihad Airways Launches Inaugural Service Between Abu Dhabi and Vienna

Etihad Airways launched inaugural twice-weekly service between Abu Dhabi and Vienna on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Flight EY147, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, departed Abu Dhabi at 07:30 and landed in Vienna at 11:20, where it was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute.


Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Etihad Airways

On Sunday (July 18, 2021), Etihad Airways announced the launch of inaugural service between Abu Dhabi and Vienna. The route will be operated twice-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays and will be serviced with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, configured with 28 Business Class and 262 Economy Class seats. The aircraft also features inflight entertainment, in-seat power and Wi-Fi connectivity. The inaugural flight (EY147) departed Abu Dhabi at 07:30 on Sunday and landed in Vienna at 11:20, where it was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute. The flight to Vienna is approximately five hours and fifty minutes.


In Sunday’s announcement, Etihad Airways Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Tony Douglas, said,


“After successfully launching Mykonos, Santorini and Malaga earlier in July, we’re delighted to now introduce flights to Vienna. The 65th passenger destination to be added to Etihad’s growing network, we are confident that its timeless imperial grandeur and vibrant cultural scene will appeal to many travellers.”


Also commenting on the new service, Vienna Airport’s Joint CEO and COO, Julian Jäger, added,


“We welcome Etihad as a new airline to Vienna Airport. Etihad is a strong carrier with a far-reaching route network, and we are delighted with its decision to launch regular scheduled flights to Vienna. The United Arab Emirates in particular is an important market for Austrian tourism, and the new flight connection is a good sign that things are slowly picking up again.”


UAE travelers who are fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to arrival in Vienna do not have to quarantine in Austria or Abu Dhabi, as Austria is on the ‘green list.’ All the pilots and crew on Sunday’s inaugural Abu Dhabi-Vienna flight were fully vaccinated. Etihad Airways was the first airline in the world to have 100 percent of operating crew vaccinated and the first to require all passengers to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before departure.



Source: Etihad Airways