Etihad Airways this week celebrates its fifth anniversary of the launch of its direct service between Abu Dhabi and Indonesia.
The airline commenced operations to Jakarta on 16 March 2006 with four flights per week, increasing to six later that year. Strong demand for travel to and from Indonesia saw a further increase to daily flights in 2007.
Jakarta now ranks as one of the top destinations in Etihad’s network, achieving consistent passenger load factors of between 80 and 90 per cent of capacity over its first five years. The route is operated using Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A330 aircraft.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said; “Etihad is pleased to play a small but important role in building the deep relationship between Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates, in particular Abu Dhabi.
“In our first five years of service to Indonesia, we have received tremendous support from the government, business sector and the people of this wonderful country. They have welcomed us into the local community and fostered an environment that’s seen our business go from strength to strength.
“For making Etihad their airline of choice over this time, we owe the people of Indonesia – the business travellers, religious pilgrims, holidaymakers, students, and migrant workers – our gratitude.”
Etihad also supports a range of community programmes in Indonesia. These include support for local charities, community events and educational programmes. An example is The Mosaic Project, now in its third year, which gives a number of young and aspiring Muslim leaders travel the opportunity to travel to the UK for the Mosaic International Summit.