The UAE’s national carrier, Etihad Airways has made history, completing the first scheduled flight from Abu Dhabi to Israel.
The two-hour and 56-minute flight of Etihad Airways which travelled from Abu Dhabi on Monday, is proof of the strengthening relationship between the UAE and Israel since diplomatic ties were established in August.
This momentous first would have been inconceivable even a year ago, but following a thawing of international relations culminating in the Abraham Accords, Israel and the UAE have partnered on several strategic opportunities in the region.
Etihad Airways flight EY598 took off from Abu Dhabi Airport (AUH) at 10.05am local time, after a smooth flight the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel at 1.30pm (UAE time). With Etihad being the first airline in the world to have all their air staff vaccinated, this inaugural voyage was in safe hands.
The Etihad Israel service will initially take the form of two weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv. The return flight, EY599 will connect passengers from Tel Aviv into Abu Dhabi, who will no longer be required to quarantine on arrival, now that Israel is part of the Abu Dhabi Green List.
In March of this year, Etihad Airways announced an extension to its unprecedented promise to its customers — a comprehensive Covid-19 global wellness insurance. The policy will now offer its passengers peace of mind and a significant level of protection whilst travelling during the pandemic, up until 30th September.
Onwards and upwards, Eithad Airways is conquering greater heights!