Etihad Airways Launches Scheduled Flights to Baku
Etihad Airways has launched the first ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Baku, marking the first scheduled service linking the UAE and Azerbaijani capital.
The inaugural flight, EY297, departed Abu Dhabi yesterday carrying a special delegation including diplomats, media representatives and senior members of Etihad Airways’ staff.
On arrival in Baku, the aircraft was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute, followed by the customary display of the Emirati and Azerbaijani national flags from the cockpit windows.
The visa waiver programme introduced for UAE nationals by Azerbaijan in 2015 has greatly stimulated interest in the country, resulting in a surge of visitors since its implementation.
Etihad and Azerbaijan Airlines recently announced a codeshare partnership which now sees Azerbaijan Airlines place its 'J2' code on Etihad's services between Baku and Abu Dhabi.
Under this partnership, Azerbaijan Airlines guests will be able to book codeshare flights to and from Abu Dhabi and connect onto Etihad Airways’ extensive global network.
Flying 3 times a week using a 136-seat Airbus A320, configured with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy Class, the new flights will operate every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.