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Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

Industry: 
Airline
Country: 
UAE
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"Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will increase its flights between Abu Dhabi and Tehran, the capital of Iran, to ten flights a week from currently seven, beginning on Friday October 2. The airline increased on April 15 its flights from three flights a week to a daily service, the IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday." (Tehran Times, "Etihad Airways increases Abu Dhabi-Tehran flights," 9/30/15) 

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"The opening of a new air corridor between two neighboring countries rarely captures the attention of the world's media. But when Emirates Airline launched flights from Dubai to Mashhad on 1 September, everyone knew the UAE flag-carrier was thinking about much more than its own bilateral links with Iran. Air traffic between the two countries has been rising since long before July's landmark nuclear agreement... FlyDubai has followed suit by expanding its Iranian network from two to nine destinations this year, while Etihad has more than doubled frequencies on its Abu Dhabi-Tehran route. Much the same script is being followed across the water in Doha, where flag-carrier Qatar Airways has grown seat capacity on its three Iranian routes by 30% since last summer." (Al Arabiya, "Iran plays catch-up in Gulf aviation boom," 9/13/15)

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"Etihad Airways recently said it would increase the frequency of flights between Abu Dhabi and Tehran from three times a week to daily.  The decision appeared to be an attempt to take advantage of greater Iran-U.S. travel, in anticipation that sanctions would end. Daily flights would give Iranians more direct access to dozens of major U.S. cities, said Kevin Knight, Etihad’s chief strategy and planning officer." (WSJ, "Western Companies See Potential in Reaching Iran’s Consumers After Nuclear Deal," 4/6/15)

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Multiple flights each week from Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport (IKA) connecting in Abu Dhabi to various airports, and location around the world. (Company Website)

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