Etihad Airways “moves” to the new Sheremetyevo terminal and launches code-sharing with Aeroflot.
Etihad Airways will start operating flights from Abu Dhabi to the new Moscow airport, Sheremetyevo (Terminal C), from December 2. Until that moment, the Emirati carrier will continue flights to Domodedovo. The information was confirmed by the Russian office of the company.
In addition, the airport change will be accompanied by an increase in the frequency of flights. Instead of the current four a week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), Etihad Airways is switching to daily flights.
The flight schedule will undergo minor changes. Departure from Abu Dhabi daily at 9.35, arrival at Sheremetyevo at 14.25. Return flight time: 15.50 – 22.15. So far, it is planned to operate Airbus A321-200 aircraft on the route (16 seats in business class and 158 in economy), but as demand increases, the carrier plans to switch to wide-body Boeing 787-9 (8 first class cabins, 28 business seats and 199 in economy).
“Since the beginning of flights between Moscow and Abu Dhabi 13 years ago, we have seen tremendous growth in the Russian tourism and air transportation market, as well as stable demand from business travelers, tourists and freight customers, which has been stimulated by direct flights, codeshare agreements and mutual visa-free agreements. between the two countries, introduced in February 2019, says Alex Featherstone, vice president of route network planning and alliances at Etihad Airways. “The airport change will strengthen our commitment to supporting the Russian market, as well as offering Russian guests access to world-class travel sites, cultural attractions, world events, hotels, resorts, beaches and the wonderful winter weather that Abu Dhabi has.”
In addition, Etihad will begin a code-share partnership with Aeroflot, which allows each carrier to sell tickets for the flights of another. It will also enable Etihad to sell interchange services from cities on its route network to Russian regions, and to a Russian partner gain access to the Emirati airline’s route network.
As a reminder, in October, another Middle Eastern carrier, Qatar Airways, announced its “move” to the new Sheremetyevo terminal. Thus, three airlines will be based in Terminal C from December.
Russia is included in the “green list” of Abu Dhabi. Now, to enter the emirate, you need to pass two PCR tests: before departure and after arrival. Quarantine is not required, but additional testing may be required for unvaccinated travelers. The Russian vaccine Sputnik V is now recognized in the UAE.