Etihad Airways has announced that it will upgrade its Beirut service from the current daily A321 aircraft to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, effective from October 27, 2019.
The development aims to substantially boost capacity on the route, due to the recent announcement by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the immediate removal of a travel ban to Lebanon for UAE citizens, which is expected to spur a significant increase in demand for travel between the two capitals.
Flight EY 535 will depart Abu Dhabi at 09:50 daily, arriving in Beirut at 12:30, with the return flight EY 538 leaving Beirut at 14:00 and arriving back in Abu Dhabi at 19:35.
Etihad Airways will operate the upgraded flights with a two-class Boeing 787-9s, the newest aircraft type in the airline’s fleet. These jets are configured to seat 299 passengers in a mix of 28 business studios and 271 economy smart seats.
Chief commercial officer, Etihad Airways, Robin Kamark declared: “Lebanon is a critically important market for the UAE and for its national airline, Etihad Airways. When Etihad was launched in November 2003, Beirut was our first very first scheduled destination. Following the announcement yesterday that travel restrictions between these markets will be lifted, we moved quickly to increase our capacity to meet an expected increase in passenger and cargo demand, and to allocate our newest aircraft and product to the route.”