Respective flag carriers airBaltic and Etihad Airways have marked the start of direct Riga-Abu Dhabi flights with a ceremony at Riga International Airport.
by the Latvian Prime Minister, government officials, airline
executives, business leaders, travel agents and media, the event also
officially kicked off a new Etihad Airways-airBaltic codeshare partnership.
From today airBaltic operates an Airbus A319 aircraft four times a week between the Latvian capital and Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi hub.The aircraft is configured with 14 seats in Business Class and 102 seats in Economy Class.
Etihad Airways has placed its ‘EY’ flight code on the new airBaltic operated
service, and beyond to 15 cities including:Alesund, Barcelona, Bergen,
Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Oslo, Prague, Stavanger,
Stockholm, Tallinn, Turku, Vienna and Vilnius.
Subject to regulatory approvals, airBaltic will soon place its ‘BT’ flight code on Etihad Airways flights beyond Abu Dhabi to Cairo, Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Amman and Muscat.
at the launch, Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, said:“Today
marks the first time Riga has been linked by air with Abu Dhabi, one of
the world’s fastest growing cities, and a global hub for our airBaltic’s codeshare partner Etihad Airways.
direct flight will open up a range of business and leisure
opportunities, which hitherto never existed. It will support trade
development between Latvia and the rest of the world, increase tourism
in both directions, and result in a range of new connection options for
customers of both airlines.”
Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic,
said: “Today’s event is about two airlines working together, using the
strengths and opportunities of each carrier’s network, and putting an
attractive travel proposition to our most important target – the
“Working with Etihad Airways,
we look forward to making this new route and the connectivity it offers
over Riga and Abu Dhabi a great success, and we will continue to look
at ways to expand our network in the future.”
Also present in Riga, Hareb Al Muhairy, Etihad Airways’
Vice President UAE, said:“Global reach is beyond the capacity of any
single airline and our view is that progress must come through
partnership.Today marks the official start of our partnership with airBaltic, and the first time we have been able to offer Riga as an Etihad Airways codeshare destination.
the route are growing commercial ties between the UAE and Latvia.The
UAE is one of Latvia’s main trading partners in the Gulf region and in
2012 Latvia’s exports to the UAE reached EUR 72 million, 102 per cent up
“We very much look forward to welcoming airBaltic’s customers on our flights beyond Abu Dhabi to key destinations across the globe.Equally, I have full confidence that airBaltic extend their hospitality to our customers over Riga.”
of the Board Aldis Mūrnieks said: “The staff of Riga International
Airport over a number of years in the aviation routedevelopment forums
have met the representatives of Etihad Airways, and it is truly
gratifying to see that the joint effort of the Latvian airline airBaltic
and the national carrier of the United Arab EmiratesEtihad Airways has
brought to the clients of both airlinesthe opportunity to explore the
route Riga - Abu Dhabi. The planned frequency of 4 times a week will
provide the passengers of Riga Airport with more convenient travel
opportunities to destinations in the East and Asia, and the passengers
ofEtihad Airways – with an easy access to Europe.”
Flights can be booked online at www.airBaltic.com
, through airBaltic
and Etihad Airways
Contact Centres, or via travel agents.
Riga-Abu Dhabi flight schedule
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholder is Latvian state with 99.8% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 25 aircraft – five Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300 and twelve Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline. In 2012, airBaltic was ranked by Airlinetrends among the Top 10 airlines globally for innovations.
About Etihad Airways
the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in
2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu
Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways
offers flights to 97
passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe,
Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 87 Airbus
and Boeing aircraft
, and over 220 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners
, 25 Boeing 777-X
, 62 Airbus A350s
, and 10 Airbus A380s
, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways
holds equity investments in airberlin
, Air Seychelles
, Virgin Australia
, Aer Lingus
and Jet Airways.
Subject to regulatory approval, Etihad Airways
will launch a new airline brand in Q1 2014, Etihad Regional
, after taking a 33.3 per cent stake in Swiss carrier Darwin Airline
. The airline will also acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia
from January 2014.For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com