Etihad Airways will launch daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from May 15.
The new EY77 and EY78 services will carry the KL code of Dutch national carrier KLM, its new codeshare partner.
Etihad will operate a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, configured with 22 seats in Pearl Business class and 240 in Coral Economy class, offering a total of 3,668 seats between the two capital cities each week.
The daily flights will complement KLM’s current service between Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi – which will increase to daily from the summer – and carry Etihad Airways’ EY code, ensuring that the two airlines can offer a combined double-daily service.
Etihad’s arrival will help boost bilateral trade links between the Netherlands and the UAE, already valued at $3.6 billion, and attract new passengers from the Netherlands to Abu Dhabi and beyond to destinations such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia.
The launch was announced at a press conference in Amsterdam today, along with details of further codeshare expansion.
Etihad will place its EY code on KLM flights to Stockholm, Aberdeen, Barcelona, Bergen, Birmingham, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Leeds/Bradford, Madrid, Nice and Toronto – which adds to current codeshare flights to Billund, Cardiff, Newcastle, Oslo and Stavanger.
In return, KLM will place its KL code on Etihad flights to Baghdad, Basra, Calicut, Cochin, Dhaka, Erbil, Hyderabad, Kathmandu, Chennai, Male, Peshawar, Seychelles and Trivandrum – joining codeshare flights to Colombo, Islamabad, Lahore, Melbourne and Sydney.
Etihad will also launch flights to Sao Paulo, Washington DC and Ho Chi Minh City this year.