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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi celebrates arrival of first new aircraft

Issac John /Abu Dhabi
issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 6, 2020
The A321neo also offers significant environmental benefits with a nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint.

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Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will start operations with a network including Alexandria, Athens, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa, and Yerevan

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the new national airline of the UAE, said the first aircraft to join its fleet, a new Airbus A321neo, landed in Abu Dhabi International Airport on Sunday.

The arrival of the aircraft enables the lowcost carrier to have the lowest environmental footprint and the lowest cost base among its competitors in the region, the carrier said in a statement.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will start its operations with an initial route network including Alexandria, Athens, Kutaisi, Larnaca, Odesa and Yerevan.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, a joint-venture between ADQ, one of the region's largest holding companies, and Wizz Air Holdings Plc, recently received national carrier status from the UAE government subject to meeting regulatory standards prior to starting operations.

Kees Van Schaick, managing director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, said with the arrival of the first aircraft, the airline made an important step in its journey towards starting operations and developing its presence in Abu Dhabi. "We contribute to the local economic diversity while offering ever more affordable travel opportunities on our low fare network. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's new state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft, as well as our enhanced protective measures, will ensure the best possible sanitary conditions for travellers."

Mohammed Husain Ahmed, general manager of Abu Dhabi International Airport, said the establishment of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and its commencement of operations is a milestone in the growth and development of the LCC market in Abu Dhabi. "It is also a reflection of the success of our implementation of comprehensive health and safety measures across our airports, as well as our investments in transforming Abu Dhabi International Airport into a strategically positioned global hub for airlines from across the world."

Saeed Rashed Al Saeed, destination marketing director at Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism, said Abu Dhabi's status as a destination of choice for business and leisure travellers from around the world will be well served by the arrival of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's first aircraft.

The A321neo aircraft has pioneered and incorporated the latest technologies, including its new generation engines and the industry's reference cabin design, delivering 20 per cent fuel cost savings alone.

issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com

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Issac John

Editorial Director of Khaleej Times, is a well-connected Indian journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the UAE's mainstream journalism for 35 years, including 23 years with Khaleej Times. A post-graduate in English and graduate in economics, he has won over two dozen awards. Acclaimed for his authentic and insightful analysis of global and regional businesses and economic trends, he is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene.


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