Etihad inaugurates its services in Vienna – Simple Flying


Eithad officially inaugurated its services to Vienna International Airport from Abu Dhabi International Airport this morning. The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner launched a twice-weekly service to the Austrian capital with this flight.

The flight to Vienna was operated by one of the airline’s 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Photo: Getty Images

Interesting prospects

787-9 will serve Vienna every Thursday and Sunday, offering a capacity of 262 economy seats and 28 business seats during the trip. Etihad shares that flights have been scheduled to arrive in Vienna in the morning to provide passengers with a great weekend getaway. The carrier adds that Austria is currently open to nationals and residents, as well as residents of Schengen member states and Swiss residents, students and business travelers.

Etihad has been keen to provide services to tourism hot spots this summer. Vienna joins a list of other launches this month.

“After successfully launching Mykonos, Santorini and Malaga at the beginning of July, we are delighted to now introduce flights to Vienna” Etihad Group CEO Tony Douglas shared, as the Emirates News Agency reported.

“The 65th passenger destination to be added to Etihad’s growing network, we are confident that its timeless imperial grandeur and vibrant cultural scene will appeal to many travelers.”

Meanwhile, Julian Jäger, co-CEO and COO of Vienna Airport, adds that his team is delighted with Etihad’s decision to launch regular operations at the site. He notes that the UAE is an important market for tourism in his country. As a result, this service suggests that things are back on track for the travel industry.

With over 17 million tourists a year, there is a lot to see in Vienna. Photo: Billy Wilson via Flickr

The road

We previously covered that flights to Vienna from Abu Dhabi do not return directly to the UAE. Instead, they will head to Milan Malpensa Airport before returning to the Middle East. Thus, Etihad sells three different lots of tickets on this route.

The tickets available are as follows:

  • Abu Dhabi to Vienna
  • Vienna to Abu Dhabi
  • Milan to Abu Dhabi
Flight EY147 RB
Registration A6-BLK, flying EY147, left Abu Dhabi at 08:58 GST to land in Vienna at 11:32 CEST this morning. Photo:

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Etihad isn’t the only UAE-based carrier targeting Austria this summer. flydubai launched operations in Salzburg, Austria this week. The service combines with the resumption of flights to Naples later this month to bring the low-cost airline’s network to more than 20 countries.

Overall. Vienna is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for a weekend getaway. Imperial architecture, historical museums, musical heritage and world-famous cuisine are enough to make travelers want to visit Austria’s largest city. Therefore, it’s no surprise that carriers like Etihad are looking to have a presence at Vienna International Airport as air travel begins to return.

What do you think of the inauguration of Etihad’s flights to Vienna? Are you planning to travel with the carrier on any of its routes to Europe this year? Let us know what you think of the airline and its plans in the comments section.


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