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The flights will be operated by a two-class Boeing 787-9, featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.
James Harrison, General Manager for Etihad Airways in the United Kingdom and Ireland, said: “We are thrilled to announce more flights to London over the festive period. This is a busy time for local guests travelling between both capitals and the extra service will allow more choice and flexibility in their travel.”
The additional services will also provide more connecting opportunities for passengers travelling between London and key destinations on Etihad’s global network.
Flights will depart Abu Dhabi at 07h05, arriving at Heathrow at 11h00. The return service will depart Heathrow at 12h50, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 23h45.
These services will operate in addition to Etihad Airways’ regularly scheduled 3 daily Abu Dhabi to London services which will continue to operate on 3-class Airbus A380 aircraft.
In addition to the seasonal increase of service to London, Etihad Airways has also recently announced seasonal frequency increases and aircraft upgrades on a number of key routes to meet increased demand over the peak winter period. This includes additional capacity to Bahrain, Belgrade, Cairo, Istanbul, Medina and Kuwait.