Etihad to Launch Regional Airline, Offer Flights to Zurich
Etihad Airways announced that it has taken a 33.3% stake in Darwin Airline, and that the Swiss carrier will become Etihad’s first branded regional operation. Once the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, has closed, Darwin Airline will be rebranded as Etihad Regional.
The new airline’s planes will feature Etihad Regional livery, bearing the words “Operated by Darwin Airline.” By the middle of next year, the carrier is expected to add service to 18 new destinations, introducing 21 new routes including Düsseldorf-Berlin in April, Zurich-Geneva in May, and Zurich-Lyon in June.
Etihad Airways, Air Berlin, and Air Serbia announced they will offer their passengers flights on Etihad Regional routes under a codeshare agreement, subject to regulatory approval. Meanwhile, Etihad Regional will also offer its passengers flights on those carriers via codeshares from various European cities.
In addition to each new Etihad Regional route, Etihad Airways is scheduled to begin new daily, nonstop service between Abu Dhabi and Zurich on June 1 of next year. The flights will be operated using Airbus A330-300 aircraft.
Flights from Abu Dhabi will depart at 2:05 a.m. and will arrive in Zurich at 6:50 a.m. Flights to Abu Dhabi from Zurich will depart at 12:05 p.m. and arrive at 8:25 p.m.
Etihad’s Airbus A330-300 aircraft are outfitted with eight lie-flat seats in first class, 32 lie-flat seats in business class, and 191 seats in economy class. Seats in first class are 30” wide, and have a pitch of 80”.
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