Etihad Airways, which has emerged as a global name in the aviation industry for providing cheapest international air flights ticket in the last few years, has decided to double its flights to New Delhi and Mumbai. Apart from this, the number of seats have been tripled in its aircraft plying to these cities from Abu Dhabi. To meet the growing demands of air services between these regions, the aviation giant has also decided to introduce wide-bodied jets from Airbus on these routes.
New Models for Evening Journeys
According to officials of this carrier, the afternoon services to these cities are operated by Airbus A320s, which have a maximum seating capacity of 136 with a single aisle. However, the late evening flights to Mumbai have been changed and it will be operated with the A340-600 model, which has a capacity of 292 passengers in each flight. The seating arrangement shall be classified into Diamond First, Pearl Business and Coral Economy Classes making this the first Indian route to have a First Class of Etihad. Currently, this will be introduced only on Mumbai route; however, it is expected that its other routes like Pune to London flights would be upgraded in the near future. This change in aircraft will increase the total number of seats from 952 to 2996 in a single direction each week, which is more than triple the previous capacity.
On the Delhi route, A330-200 aircraft, which has 254 seats will be started for the evening service. This will boost the weekly passenger service to 1778 on each direction. The updated seating arrangement in these aircraft as well as the Etihad Airways flight status can be checked on any travel portal, where a detailed list of these will be put on display. With this added service to the Indian metropolitans, the carrier would like to increase its market presence in the Indian aviation industry.