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Etihad Airways launches flights to Vienna

Flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, has launched flights to Vienna, Austria which is widely known as the City of Music.

Inaugural flight

Etihad Airways flight EY147 departed at 08:13 am local time from Abu Dhabi International Airport, 43 minutes behind its scheduled departure time of 07:30 am. After staying in the air for about 5 hours and 14 minutes, the aircraft, registered as A6-BLK, landed at Vienna International Airport at 11:26 am, just 6 minutes after the scheduled arrival time of 11:20 am, thus covering the delay in departure.

The outbound flight from Abu Dhabi to Vienna will be a nonstop. However, the inbound flight from Vienna to Abu Dhabi will have a short stop at Milan before continuing to its final destination.

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, 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.

Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport, said:

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.

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Operating schedule

The twice-weekly flight will operated with the following schedule:

  • Abu Dhabi-Vienna
  • Departure time: 07:30
  • Arrival time: 11:20
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: EY147
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays
  • Vienna-Milan
  • Departure time: 12:45
  • Arrival time: 14:15
  • Flight time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: EY147
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays
  • Milan-Abu Dhabi
  • Departure time: 15:45
  • Arrival time: 23:40
  • Flight time: 5 hours and 55 minutes
  • Flight number: EY147
  • Frequency: Thursdays and Sundays

These flights will be operated by a Boeing B787 Dreamliner featuring 28 Business Class seats and 262 standard Economy Class seats.

Quarantine-free travel

Travellers from the UAE who have received all vaccination doses for full immunisation at least 14 days before arrival, including Sinopharm and Pfizer, currently do not have to quarantine in Austria or Abu Dhabi, where Austria is on the green list.

All of the pilots and cabin crew on the flight to Vienna were vaccinated against COVID-19. Etihad was the first airline in the world to have 100% of all operating flight crew vaccinated against COVID-19 and the first to require 100% of passengers to present a negative RT-PCR test before departure.

Dubai-based flydubai recently announced a new route between Dubai and Salzburg in Austria.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways and El Al recently entered a strategic cooperation where they both will codeshare on each other’s selected routes.

Featured image by Etihad Airways

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