Responding to rising demand on its Indian routes, Middle Eastern airline Etihad Airways has significantly expanded the number of seats from its global headquarters in Abu Dhabi to Mumbai and New Delhi by doubling the number of flights.
The seat expansion has been facilitated by using wide-bodied Airbus jets on both routes and adding a second daily service.
The new mid-afternoon services to Mumbai and New Delhi, each seating 136 passengers, are operated with single aisle Airbus A320s.
On the Abu Dhabi-Mumbai route, the evening flight uses the 292-seat Airbus A340-600 aircraft, seating 12 passengers in First Class, 32 in Business Class and 248 in Economy. This is the first time Etihad Airways has offered First Class on an Indian route.
By deploying the A340-600, Etihad is tripling the number of seats per week from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai from 952 to 2,996 in each direction.
New Delhi Route
Etihad has upgraded the evening service on the Abu Dhabi – New Delhi route to a 254-seat Airbus A330-200 aircraft, seating 18 guests in Business Class and 236 in Economy.
The new schedule almost triples the capacity in each direction from 952 to 2,730.
Benefit to Indian Americans
Indian Americans visiting their homeland on Etihad flights from NYC, Washington DC and Chicago can benefit from the additional seats and more schedule options.
Etihad's expanded schedule took effect on December 9, 2013.