Etihad Airways has officially begun its four times weekly, non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Madrid.
The inaugural flight departed Abu Dhabi Airport on time at 2:35am local time and touched down at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport at 8:45am local time yesterday.
Madrid is Etihad Airways’ first destination in the south western European country, of Spain, and Madrid joins a group of 20 leading European cities to which the airline flies.
Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer James Hogan, said Madrid is an important addition to Etihad Airways’ European and global network.
“We are delighted to commence our operations to the Spanish capital. The new route further bolsters our network in Europe and meets growing demand from travellers in Spain and the UAE,” Mr Hogan said.
“The service offers convenient onward connections, via our Abu Dhabi hub, to key destinations in Australia, the GCC region, Africa, Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia.”
The Madrid route is operated using a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured to carry 262 guests, with 22 Business Class flatbed seats, and 240 Economy Class seats.