Etihad first foreign airline to operate flights to Jeddah's new terminal
Etihad operates 84 weekly passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Saudi.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received a special reception - welcomed by a traditional water cannon salute - at Jeddah's new Terminal 1.
The inaugural flight was operated on Etihad's Dreamliner with the distinctive Kingdom of Saudi Arabia livery.
The reception was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and was attended by Nasir Al Ketbi General Consular of UAE, Essam Fouad, Director General of King Abdulaziz Airport, Captain Fahd Cynndy, CEO of Saudi Ground Services, Yousef Attiah, Director General of Terminal 1, and management from Etihad Airways.
Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: "The introduction of the new terminal in Jeddah and the warm welcome we've received is a demonstration of our commitment to the Saudi market and it's a reflection towards the deep relationship between the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia"
"As Etihad Airways and Saudi Arabian Airlines continue to strengthen their partnership, the new terminal will also provide convenient travel options to our customers, boosting the codeshare connectivity on joint services."
Etihad Airways has been serving Saudi Arabia since December 2004 and is currently celebrating its 15 years of flying to the Kingdom. Today, Etihad operates 84 weekly passenger frequencies from Abu Dhabi to Riyadh, Jeddah, Madinah, and Dammam using A320, A330, B777, and B787.
With inputs from Saudi Gazette
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