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- General Contact : 0860-123150
- Reservations : 011-343-9140
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Flight path from Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi
Etihad flight specials

Etihad Johannesburg Flights

Etihad flights from Johannesburg are rated 4.6/5 based on 3 customer reviews

Etihad Airways operates daily flights from Johannesburg via Abu Dhabi to most major destinations in the world (and via its codeshare with South African Airways, you can fly Etihad from all major cities in South Africa). With a generous 30kg baggage allowance in economy class & in-seat power sockets, Etihad is a popular option for those with lots of luggage and who want to keep their electronic gadgets powered (not to mention that they frequently offer the cheapest flights). Voted the "World's Leading Airline", Etihad Airways (EY) is based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and owned by the Abu Dhabi government. To book a cheap Etihad flight use the flight bookings tool on the left to contrast its airfares.

News

    • 25 Sep 2014: Etihad is expanding it's routes in Africa by adding daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from the 1st of December 2014. The 4 hour 40 min flight will depart at 08h20 from Abu Dhabi and return at 14h00. An A320 will carry 136 passengers spread across business and economy class between the UAE and Africa.

    • 22 Sep 2014: For passenger safety Etihad and a few other airlines have cancelled flights to Sana'a, the capital of Yemen amidst renewed conflict between the Shiite rebels and Sunni militias. Etihad has cancelled these flights indefintely. All flights to the Sanaa airport  has been suspended for a 24 hour period.

    • 9 Sep 2014: Etihad Airways have announced that they will be adding a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Karachi from the 18th of November 2014. They currently have one flight a day operating on this route, the new flight will see them operate two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Karachi. The flight will depart Abu Dhabi at 23:15, arriving in Karachi at 02:25, return flight will depart at 05:25 and arrive at Abu Dhabi at 07:00. The aircraft that will be used is an Airbus A320. The aircraft has 120 economy class and 16 business class seats.

    • 25 Aug 2014: Etihad Airways’ schedule between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg will be revised with changes to come into effect from the 26th of October 2014. The airline will be adding new departure times to and from Abu Dhabi and JNB. Here are the new flight routes and times: Flight-EY602 leave Abu Dhabi (AUH) at 02h00 and arrives at Johannesburg at 08h40 on Wed, Fri and Sun. Flight-EY601 leaves JNB at 09h55 and arrives in AUH at 20h15 on Wed, Fri and Sun. Flight-EY604 leaves AUH at 10h35 and arrives in JNB at 17h10 on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. Fligh-EY603 leaves JNB for AUH at 20h30 arrives 06h40 on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat. The airline must be seeing great potential in the South African market which is great news for Business and Tourism in SA.

    • 18 Aug 2014: Etihad Airways has started offering a chauffeur service to all premium class passengers who are travelling to and from OR Tambo in Johannesburg. This complimentary service was launched last week and it is already in effect. Passengers will be transported in executive sedans to and from any location that is within 100 kilometres from OR Tambo. Those passengers who would like to use this services must make a reservation at least 24 hours before their flight departs. If the mileage exceeds 100km, passengers will be charged, the amount must be paid to the driver. The service can be booked through any accredited travel agency or through the airline's website.

    • 11 Aug 2014: Etihad announced several new routes that they will add from their Abu Dhabi base in the first half of 2015. These routes include daily flights to Madrid (Spain), Edinburg (Scotland), Kolkata (India) and Entebbe (Uganda).

    New Livery

    Etihad new livery.

    26 Sep 2014: Last night Etihad Airways unveiled their new livery on their first A380. Inspired by the desert sands of the United Arab Emirates, the new design features a geometric pattern in golds and yellows and represents the various facets of the UAE. This new contemporary design is more in line with their new cabin interiors and lounge. It is also a better fit for a modern, 5 star airline than the somewhat dated, traditional livery they had previously. The new livery will be rolled out on their entire fleet over the next 3 years.

    Etihad Luxury Lounge

    Etihad luxury lounge in Abu Dhabi Airport.

    Etihad Airways introduced their first luxury arrivals and departures lounge at Abu Dhabi Airport. The lounge which features shower and barber facilities, a Business Centre and clothes steaming service will be accessible from both Terminal 1 and 3, just after customs. You can also indulge in various canapés, snacks and hot and cold beverages. Once you're ready to face the world, Etihad's Chauffeur service will be at your disposal to take you anywhere in the United Arab Emirates. This service is only available to First and Business Class ticket holders.

    List of benefits:

    • Shower facilities.

    • Baby-changing facilities.

    • A disabled bathroom.

    • Fully-trained barbers at SHAVE by Etihad Airways.

    • Extra comfortable seats in the Relaxation Area.

    • Steam pressing services

    • Complimentary international buffet access with delicious breakfast and snacks, cafe style.

    • Access to Internet and Apple computers in the Business Centre

    • Luggage storage facilities.

    • Magazines for entertainment.

    • Etihad's Chauffeur services.

    Recruiting Cabin Crew in South Africa

    As at the 23rd April 2014 there were 243 South Africans working for Etihad: 16 pilots, 120 flight attendants & 107 core staff.

    Codeshares & Equity Alliance Partners

    Etihad has a plethora of joint ventures and codeshares; it owns 40% of Air Seychelles, 24% of Jet Airways, 10% of Virgin Australia (has permission to increase to 20%), 29% of Air Berlin & 4% of Aer Lingus, 49% of JatAirways in Serbia and 33.3% of Darwin Airlines SA.

    • Aug 2014. Etihad announced their 49% stake in Italian carrier, Alitalia, on the 8th of August 2014. This announcement comes after months of negotiations over exact details which have not yet been made public. Many fear mass retrenchments as Etihad aims to turn the loss-making airline into a profitable investment.

    • March 2014. Etihad purchases more shares in Irish airline, Aer Lingus, raising its stake from 3% to 4%. The airlines already have a codeshare agreement, but the market is now wondering whether they want an even bigger relationship. Aer Lingus's other suitor is low cost carrier, Ryanair, who has recently been forced by the UK Competition Commission to sell down its stake in Aer Lingus from 30% to a maximum of 5%.

    • 30 Mar 2013. Etihad commences a codeshare agreement with Greek airline, Aegean Airlines Aegean Airlines will launch 4 weekly flights from Athens to Abu Dhabi, which Etihad will place its EY flight code on, as well as Aegean flights from Athens to various destinations in Greece and Europe. Aegean Airlines in turn will sell Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to 7 destinations including flights to South Africa, the Gulf and Australia.

    • 21 Dec 2013. Etihad is reportedly considering buying up to 49% of Italian carrier, Alitalia.

    • 1 Dec 2013. From the 16th December 2013 Etihad is commencing a codeshare arrangement with airBaltic, with airBaltic starting to fly 4 times a week from Riga to Abu Dhabi. Etihad will start selling 15 airBaltic flights into Europe."

    • 20 Nov 2013. Etihad concludes its well-flagged purchase of 24% of Jet Airways for Rs2057 crore (Etihad & Jet signed a deal 7 months prior)".

    • 17 Nov 2013. Etihad announces that it is buying 33.3% of Darwin Airlines SA, a Switzerland based airline, and rebranding its "Etihad Regional".

    • 13 Sep 2013. Etihad has increased its stake in Virgin Australia from 10% to 13%, making it the 3rd biggest shareholder after Air New Zealand (23%), Singapore Airlines (20%) and the Virgin Group (12%).
    • 1 Jul 2013. Etihad starts offering the following South African Airways flights on its system: (1) SAA flights to Cape Town from Johannesburg, (2) SAA flights to Durban from Johannesburg, (3) SAA flights to East London from Johannesburg, (4) SAA flights to Port Elizabeth from Johannesburg. The codes Etihad are using is EY6200 to EY6299 This is an implementation of the 6th May 2013 codeshare announcement.

    Flight

    Origin

    Depart

    Destination

    Arrive

    Frequency

    EY6219
    (SA367)

    Johannesburg

    19:30

    Cape Town

    21:40

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

    EY6212
    (SA352)

    Cape Town

    15:50

    Johannesburg

    17:50

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

    EY6227
    (SA579)

    Johannesburg

    19:30

    Durban

    20:40

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

    EY6229
    (SA571)

    Durban

    16:55

    Johannesburg

    18:05

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

    EY6241
    (SA425)

    Johannesburg

    19:45

    Port
    Elizabeth

    21:25

    Mon, Tue, Thu

    EY6240
    (SA402)

    Port
    Elizabeth

    06:10

    Johannesburg

    07:50

    Wed, Fri

    EY6233
    (SA481)

    Johannesburg

    19:00

    East London

    20:30

    Mon, Tue, Wed

    EY6236
    (SA480)

    East London

    16:40

    Johannesburg

    18:10

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

    • 13 Jun 2013. Alitalia & Etihad extend their codeshare, so that Etihad is now selling flights from Rome to Athens (ATH, Greece), Barcelona (BCN, Spain), Bucharest (BUH, Romania), Budapest (BUD, Hungary), Frankfurt (FRA, Germany), Geneva (GVA, Switzerland), Madrid (MAD, Spain), Malaga (AGP, Spain), Malta (MLA), Milan (MIL, Italy), Munich (MUC, Germany), Sofia (SOF, Bulgaria), Tirana (ITA, Albania), Venice (VCE, Italy), Vienna (VIE, Austria) & Zurich (ZRH, Switzerland).

    • 6 May 2013. South African Airways & Etihad agree a codesharing agreement. SAA will sell flights for 12 Etihad destinations from Abu Dhabi. Etihad CEO, James Hogan, said that "This strategy, of working closely with partner airlines to serve secondary cities in a market, has been highly successful for Etihad Airways around the world and we look forward to build upon our already strong relationship with the team at South African Airways to extend our footprint in the strategically critical African market". Etihad will sell SAA flights from JNB to CPT, DUR, ELS, PLZ, Livingstone Lusaka, Ndola, Harare, Vic Falls & Sao Paulo.

    • 5 May 2013. Air France & Etihad extend their codeshare. You'll be able to book Air France flight on the Etihad site from Paris to Lisbon & Marseilles.

    • 26 Apr 2013. Air Canada & Etihad have agreed to codeshare from the 3rd quarter of 2013, covering flights from Abu Dhabi to norther American cities served by Air Canada.

    • 8 Apr 2013. Via a codeshare with Aer Lingus, Etihad is now offering 12 weekly flights to New York, 10 weekly flights to Boston, 8 to Chicago; all via Aer Lingus's base in Dublin. Passengers can pre-clear customs in Dublin, meaning they arrive as domestic passengers in the United States.

    • 21 Feb 2013. Kenya Airways & Etihad sign a reciprocal codeshare agreement.

    • Feb 2013. Etihad commences flights between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, in codeshare with Air Seychelles. James Hogan, CEO, said that "Hong Kong's fast growing economy and booming middle class have brought a remarkable increase in the number of travellers in recent years. "The new service connects two of the world's leading international financial and tourism centres, a move we believe will stimulate the growth of commerce and trade between the UAE and China, the UAE's second largest trading partner. With our 40% equity stake in Air Seychelles, it makes strong commercial sense for us to work together on opportunities where cooperation is possible. The resulting synergies bring about significant efficiency benefits for both Etihad Airways and Air Seychelles."

    • 28 Nov 2012. A codeshare agreement with Garuda Indonesia comes into effect.

    • 8 Oct 2012. Etihad has signed a codeshare agreement with Air France-KLM.

    Etihad lands in Amsterdam for the first time

     

    Etihad Flight Reviews

    Email a review of your Etihad flight to cheapflights@southafrica.to and we will send you travel vouchers (the amount depending on the length and quality of your writeup, as well as if photos were included).

      2014-10-17 Rating 5 /5 : "I recently went on my first international flight with a Middle Eastern airline and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. We flew from Johannesburg to Rome with a connection in Abu Dhabi. The staff at all the airports (Johannesburg, Abu Dhabi and Rome) were very friendly and helpful. Food and air hostess services on board was in line with them being voted the best airline, although we did laugh at what they called a chicken sandwich as it more closely resembled a samosa. The airplane was clean and felt new and we even found that Etihad offered more leg room than other Middle Eastern airlines in Economy Class. In-flight entertainment had some of the latest movies and even a few fun games to keep you entertained. Whilst Abu Dhabi International Airport isn't nearly as large as Emirates Airport, we weren't disappointed even though we had a five hour layover. Just know that you will have to go through a security check for gates 5 and up to get to the largest part of the airport for more duty free shopping. And keep in mind that you'll have to deal with the Abu Dhabi heat (35 degrees at 2 in the morning!) as you get off and board flights. The only complaint we've got is that their pizza can't compete with those we had in Italy ;) I can't wait to start racking up frequent flyer miles with this airline."

      Etihad Airline Economy Class Meal.

    Swiched to British Airways to London

      2013-07-31 Rating 4 /5 : "I took my first ever international flight on the 4th March 2013 to London UK, flying with Etihad Airlines. Went on a well-deserved holiday to England, which was what my lifelong dream was to do. I chose Etihad airlines as their prices were really good and I had only ever had good feedback re this airline. On arrival at the airport I was informed that my 8pm flight was to be delayed until 11:30pm that eve due to our Pilot taking ill, which put the stress levels up even more as it was my first flight and now I was going to arrive late in the UK and arrangements had to be changed etc. etc. Etihad airlines staff were very accommodating and made arrangements for all the passengers to be bumped up onto a British airways direct flight to London also departing at 8pm. BONUS – I got a direct flight for the price of a stopover. British airways were awesome, they made me feel comfortable and checked up on me every now and again to ensure all was ok. The flight attendants were professional and offered assistance wherever possible. We had a choice of beef or chicken for dinner, which was actually great taking into consideration it was airline food. The on-board entertainment was 1st class, up to date movies etc. etc. I was very impressed. We arrived in the UK at 5am the following morning to a cold, wet and chilly morning. Customs officials in the UK were extremely helpful. It also helped a lot that I have a British passport so went through UK Customs instead of international arrivals. I spent an amazing two weeks in the UK starting off my trip in Maidstone Kent, going through from there up to Lincolnshire for the day and then had a blast of a weekend in London. Travelled through to Bristol for a second week. The people in the UK are amazing. Shops are awesome. Just in general I really enjoyed the UK. Went through to Wales for the day, visited the Cotswolds, got to meet many locals and I tried everything "British". (We need to teach them how to cook with spices… lol). In the last week of my trip I went over to Amsterdam with Air France. By that time I was so tired of trains, trams, busses, airlines, taxis and just travelling in general. But I persevered and made the trip safely. Amsterdam was great, just had to get used to the idea of them driving on the wrong side of the road. Their food was not so impressive, but it was edible. I flew out on Wednesday the 20th March back to South Africa, this time getting the stop over flight with Etihad. Etihad airlines was great, we flew from Heathrow to Abu Dhabi and had to take a connecting flight back to South Africa. The connecting flight was with Air Seychelles, which I was very unimpressed with. The on-board entertainment was outdated, nothing to watch on the long flight back and it was during the day so not much sleep was put in. Extremely bored on the way back. The food was ok, choice of beef and chicken but it was a hot meal served cold. We arrived back in South Africa at 6pm on the 21st March. All in all my flights weren't bad, I would definitely recommend a direct flight as opposed to a stop over if the costs are reasonable. If I had to rate the airlines I would give BA a def. 5 and Etihad a 4. I would recommend that Etihad looks at the airline that use from Abu Dhabi."London mimes

    Upgraded to Business class

      2013-04-23 Rating 5 /5 : "We had flown with Etihad from Johannesburg to New York, but I want to highlight our travel experience with them on the way back from New York to Abu Dhabi. My sister and I were quite early on JFK Airport in new York.  We were tired and could not wait for the gates to open to check-in.  We had all our bags still with us, so it was difficult to move around the airport, to enter the shops and restaurants.  When the gates opened, we were number 4 and 5 to check in that day. It was quite nice to be first because within a few minutes, the lines were extremely long. With our bags gone, we had more freedom to move around and we decided to go past security to the waiting rooms.  We walked around the duty free shops, waiting for the boarding call. When they call our numbers for boarding, our boarding passes were rejected.  They had to issue new ones.  While boarding I saw that our seat numbers had changed and the two of us weren't seated together anymore.  I went back and confronted the ground personnel, saying that we checked in early so that we could sit together and now this. Then they truth hit me – they'd upgraded our tickets to business class.  I was so embarrassed. When we got on the plane the service was first class.  We had it arranged so that our seats were moved and we were together. We each received each a glass of champagne and then the fun started.  For frequent flyers, only using economic or tourist class, everything was new to us.  Pressing buttons, listening to music, watching our own televisions, lying on our own beds, it was a wonderful feeling. Dinner time was just as special: Getting your personal hostess, your food on plates and not in the plastic plates as in the economic section, a wide variety of choices, I can't explain the feeling. The breakfast the next morning was the same.  It was a flight to remember. The hospitality, food, comfort, everything was so excellent. I think I can do with some upgrades in the future. Thanks Etihad for making this flight special. Now I know why you are voted best airlines in various categories."

    First Class

    2013-12-17 Diamond First Class flight from Abu Dhabi to New York on Etihad. Desert scenes. Sumptuous food. A la Carte menu. An added bonus are the views of Greenland (which the joke goes, should be called Iceland!).

    business class seat on an Etihad flight

     

    Awards

    • 30 Nov 2013. At the World Travel Awards in Doha, for the 5th year in a row, Etihad Airways has been voted the World's Leading Airline, and has also won the World's Leading Airline First Class and the World's Leading Airline Cabin Crew.

    • 18 Jun 2013. Etihad wins the prize for Best First Class at the Skytrax awards at the Paris Air Show (and also Best First Class Catering and Best First Class Seats)

    • 6 May 2013. Etihad is announced as being the "Middle East's Leading Airline" at the World Travel Awards 2013.

    • 12 Dec 2012. Etihad is named the World's Leading Airline for the 4th year in a row. “The World Travel Awards reward the best travel and tourism organisations in the world. Etihad Airways has now taken home the top airline award for the past four years, a huge and well-deserved achievement. As the fastest growing airline in the history of commercial aviation, Etihad Airways has expanded rapidly as a global business yet at the same time has consistently elevated the customer experience. Congratulations to Etihad Airways on their continued success.” said World Travel Awards President, Mr Graham Cooke.

    Etihad Airways economy class seats on a flight from Johannesburg

    Flight routes

    Wherever Etihad adds flights from Abu Dhabi, this increases the 1-stop options for flights from Johannesburg to that destination via Abu Dhabi.

    Phuket Flights on the horizon

    • From the 26th Oct 2014 Etihad is launching flights from Abu Dhabi to Phuket, a popular beach resort destination for South Africans in Thailand. This will enable CPT to Phuket flights (via JNB & AUH) as well as JNB to Phuket flights (via AUH). There are no direct flights from South Africa to Phuket.

    Flights to UK

    • 1 March 2014 : Etihad may start flights to Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2015; creating a 1-stop option for flights from Johannesburg to Edinburgh (& 2-stop from Cape Town). This is will add choice to the existing 1-stop options via Qatar Airways.

    Flights to USA

    • Feb 2014 : The United States opens a border post in Abu Dhabi, its first it has opened outside the US in 20 years. This makes it dramatically more advantageous to fly to the US via Abu Dhabi, as you can bypass the queues and hassles at a US airport, by being pre-screened at Abu Dhabi.

    • 1 June 2014 Etihad is commencing flights from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles. This was announced on the 7th October 2013. This is the 4th Etihad flight to the United States; with New York, Washington DC & Chicago being the other destinations.

    Flights to Italy

    • 15 July 2014 : Etihad starts daily flights to Rome.

    Flights to Armenia

    • 2 July 2014 : Etihad launches 4 flights a week to Yerevan.

    Flights to Zurich

    • 1 June 2014 : Etihad launches daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Zurich, creating 1-stop options from Johannesburg to Zurich via Abu Dhabi; on A330-300s. Zurich becomes Etihad's 2nd Swiss destination, after Geneva.

    Flights to India

    • 1 April 2014 : Etihad commences daily flights to Jaipur in India.

    Flights to Tripoli Suspended

    • 2 Nov 2013. Etihad has suspended its thrice-weekly flights to Tripoli, because of concerns about safety at Tripoli Airport: “As the safety and security of our guests, employees and assets remains our number one priority, our assessment of the existing situation at Tripoli airport does not provide the level of assurance we require to ensure safe operation of our flights. Once we are satisfied that the arrangements at Tripoli airport meet our requirements, we will resume services." said Etihad's COO, Richard Hill.

    • 17 Jan 2012. Etihad launches flights to Tripoli, Libya.

    Etihad Airway's Pearl business class seat

    Other flight routes

    • Oct 2013. Etihad starts flying to Ho Chi Minh City.

    • 1 Sep 2013. Etihad launches flights to Sana'a in Yemen. "The launch of direct services to Sana'a is consistent with our strategy of adding depth and scale to our network and targeting areas of growth in emerging markets. The ancestral, cultural and business ties between the two countries are significant, and we believe the new service will further facilitate Yemen's economic development in the months and years ahead." said Etihad's CEO, James Hogan.

    Etihad flights to Sao Paulo
    • 1 Aug 2013. Having just launched the route on the 1st June, Etihad will be increasing its frequency of AUH - SAo Paulo flights to a daily service from 1 August 2013. This creates more opportunities for 1-stop flights from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo via Abu Dhabi.

    • 1 Jun 2013. Etihad launches flights to Sao Paulo, with its inaugural flight in an Airbus A340-500 plane landing at 16h35 (Sao Paulo time).
    Etihad flights to Kuala Lumpur

    15 Jul 2013. Etihad launches a second daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur - both flights are in Airbus A330-200s, thus creating more 1-stop flight options from Johannesburg to Kuala Lumpur via Abu Dhabi.

    Etihad flights to Dublin

    30 Jun 2013. Etihad switches to a Boeing 777-300ER on its Abu Dhabi to Dublin route, which can carry 34% more passengers. This create more capacity for Johannesburg to Dublin flights. Dublin flights have become particularly important since the Aer Lingus codeshare created onward flights from Dublin.

    Etihad flights to Belgrade
    • Etihad's ribbon cutting ceremony in Belgrade15 Jun 2013. Etihad commences flights to Belgrade in A319 planes, with the first flight, EY71, landing at 12h15 and being welcomed by the fire engines with a water cannon salute. The photo on the right shows in the centre Belgrade's airport CFO Violeta Jovanovic and Etihad's VP Europe, Joost den Hartog, cutting a ribbon. On the same date Etihad is increasing its flight frequencies to Cairo (from 18 to 21 flights a week mainly in A320s), Amman (from 14 to 18 flights a week), Muscat (from 20 to 23 flights a week) & Islamabad (from 7 to 9 flights a week). “As we add breadth, depth and scale to the airline’s expanding global route network, Etihad Airways will continue offering its guests significantly improved connection opportunities through our Abu Dhabi home base.” said the airline's planning officer, Mr Kevin Knight

    • 1 Jun 2013. Etihad increases its frequency of flights to Beirut to 19 a week.

    • 1 Jun 2013. Larnaca flight frequency is increased to 4 flights a week.

    • 15 May 2013. Etihad launches daily flights to Amsterdam. This allows 1-stop flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam, via Abu Dhabi.

    • 2 Apr 2013. Tokyo flight frequency increases to daily.

    • 1 Apr 2013. Flight frequency to Islamabad is increased to 11 a week.

    • 31 Mar 2013. Abu Dhabi to Lagos flight frequency is increased to daily.

    • 31 Mar 2013. Etihad commences flights to Washington.

    • 28 Mar 2013. Frequency of Abu Dhabi to Casablanca flights are increased to daily.

    • 2 Nov 2012. Flights to Addis Ababa were meant to be launched on the 2nd November, but the Ethiopian CAA denied Etihad's application for an operating permit, forcing the airline to postpone the launch.  “The actions of the Ethiopian CAA ignore the Memorandum of Understanding between Abu Dhabi and Ethiopia. They are also very much against the best interests of consumers, who are being denied the opportunity to experience Etihad Airways’ service. We will continue to push for terms of the MoU to be honoured. In the meantime, we deeply regret any inconvenience caused to our customers and business partners by this delay,” Etihad said in a statement.

    • 1 Nov 2012. Etihad Airways commences flights to Ahmedabad.

    • 1 Oct 2012. Flights to Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, commence.

    • 1 Jun 2012. Etihad Airline starts flying to Sao Paulo in Brazil.

    • 31 Mar 2012. Flights to Washington DC are launched.

    • 26 Aug 2012. In partnership with Alitalia, Etihad begins flying direct from Abu Dhabi to Rome.

    • 1 Jun 2012. Etihad commences flights to São Paulo.

    • 24 Jan 2012. Etihad Airways discontinues its Cape Town - Johannesburg. At the same time the airline continues to provide its 7 times per week service between Abu Dhabi & Johannesburg, but at revised times on certain days of the week. Etihad Airways has put in place a number of options for re-accommodation of guests affected by the discontinuation of service as well as the re-timing of the Johannesburg service. Guests currently holding reservations to Cape Town will be rebooked onto an Etihad flight between Abu Dhabi & Johannesburg.
      Guests who purchased their tickets prior to 30th November 2012 have the following options:

      1. Accept the rebooking to/from Johannesburg. Tickets should be reissued within 30 days of the notification of schedule change. Fare difference or change of reservation fees will be waived.

      2. For guests travelling to/from Cape Town only, accept the rebooking to/from Johannesburg & add flights between Johannesburg & Cape Town using local services. Rebooking & ticketing should be completed within 30 days of the original notification of schedule change. Fare difference or change of reservation fees will be waived. Booking class to be used on local services between Johannesburg & Cape Town is detailed in the table below.

      3. Change the Etihad provided re-accommodation to a new date within 7 days of the original flight date. Rebooking should be in the original RBD on Etihad Airways or the lowest available RBD within the ticketed cabin. Rebooking and re-ticketing should be completed within 30 days of the original notification of schedule change. Fare difference or change of reservation fees will be waived.

      4. For rebooking and ticketing not completed within 30 days of original schedule change notification the guest can be rebooked & ticketed at any new applicable fare.

      5. Accept a full refund to the original form of payment. For guests who have already started their journey the residual value of the fare paid can be refunded. Refunds will apply regardless of the restrictions applicable to the fare

      For guests who have booked prior to 30th November 2011 but are yet to purchase their ticket, the following options are available:

      1. Accept the rebooking to/from Johannesburg. Tickets purchased and issued within 30 days of the notification of schedule change will be at the original fare.

      2. For guests travelling to/from Cape Town only, accept the rebooking to/from Johannesburg & add flights between Johannesburg & Cape Town using local services. Booking class to be used on local services between Johannesburg & Cape Town is detailed in the table below. Tickets must be purchased and issued within 30 days of the original notification of schedule change at the original fare.

      3. Change the Etihad provided re-accommodation to a new date within 7 days of the original flight date. Rebooking should be in the original RBD on Etihad Airways. Tickets purchased and issued within 30 days of the notification of schedule change will be at the original fare.

      4. Rebook to any other flights or dates subject to availability at the applicable new fare for the journey.

       The new Johannesburg schedule, effective Tuesday, January 24, 2012:

      • 3 times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Etihad flights are scheduled to leave Abu Dhabi at 22h10, and arrive in JNB at 04h45 the following day. 

      • 3 times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays flights are scheduled to leave JNB at 09h15, & arrive in Abu Dhabi at 19h30. 

      • 4 times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays flights are scheduled to leave Abu Dhabi at 10h35, & arrive in JNB at 17h20.

      • 4 times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays flights are scheduled to leave JNB at 20h30, & arrive in Abu Dhabi at 06h45.
    • 30 Sep 2009. Etihad starts operating flights from Abu Dhabi to Cape Town, via Johannesburg. Dan Plato, Cape Town's Executive Mayor Alderman, was on the scene to welcome the inaugural Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Cape Town, as was Mansoor Mohamed, Executive Director for Economic, Social Development and Tourism who said: "The introduction of another airline to Cape Town means more tourists and therefore more jobs for the people of Cape Town. The City will continue to partner with airlines such as Etihad that will help build our city into a more globally competitive business and leisure destination." James Hogan, Etihad Airways chief executive, said that "South Africa is a leading global destination of choice for tourism and commerce and we are thrilled to launch a daily service to Cape Town. "In addition to the strong demand for flights from expatriate South African nationals, business and leisure travellers, many thousands of football fans are expected to travel there next year when South Africa hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The daily flights to Cape Town will operate via Etihad's current daily Airbus A330 service to Johannesburg. This service started in December 2005, and is one of the airline's most successful destinations.

    • Dec 2005. Etihad's inaugural flight between Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi.

    Flights from Johannesburg


    Flight

    Origin

    Depart

    Destination

    Arrive

    Frequency

    EY 601

    Johannesburg

    19:15

    Abu Dhabi

    19:30

    Wed, Fri, Sat

    EY 603

    Johannesburg

    20:30

    Abu Dhabi

    06:45 +1

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

    Flights to Johannesburg


    Flight

    Origin

    Depart

    Destination

    Arrive

    Frequency

    EY 602

    Abu Dhabi

    22:10

    Johannesburg

    04:45 +1

    Tue, Thu, Sat

    EY 604

    Abu Dhabi

    10:35

    Johannesburg

    17:20

    Mon, Tue, Thu, Sat

    News

    • In celebration of the delivery of their 100th airplane, Etihad released an interesting infographic charting 100 of the most bizarre and random facts from around the world. Whilst we love it, we are wondering why they did not include South Africa? Find the full list here.

      Etihad 100 Facts from Around the World. An infographic about interesting facts.

    • 20 Dec 2013 Etihad launches a social media photo contest. Follow the airline on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, post a photo with the hashtag #EyFollowYou, submit the details on Etihad's Facebook page, and you could win roundtrip tickets.

    • 2013-11-04. Live News on Etihad Flights Etihad has begun showing live broadcasts of BBC Arabic, Euronews & BBC World News on its flights; and plans to add CNN, CNBC & NHK World Premium in November 2013.

    • 2013-10-07. In the 3rd quarter of 2013 Etihad achieved load factors averaging 81%, an increase in passenger numbers of 11% to 3.1 million and an increase in revenue also of 11% to USD1.4bn.
    • 2013-07-22. James Hogan Wins Award The President of Etihad, James Hogan, has won the award for Executive Leadership from the Airline Strategy Awards.

    • 20 May 2013. Etihad has purchased Abu Dhabi Airport Services, Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering & Abu Dhabi Cargo Company.

    • 2 May 2013. Etihad joins with LinkedIn to produce Etihad Mapped Out, where you can search for your LinkedIn contacts by region. There's a navigable map, which indicates the number of contacts you have in each city. If you're flying to Cape Town, then search on "Cape Town" and it shows you all your contacts there. You can filter by first order/second order connections, as well as by industry. You can also decide whether you want to see Etihad's flight routes on the map.

    Etihad Mapped Out

    • 7 Apr 2013. Etihad announces a record 2.8m passengers flown in the first quarter of 2013, an increase of 18% over Q1 2012. Etihad's Chief Exec, Mr J Hogan, says that "Our Q1 2013 results have again outstripped global trends, with our strongest ever first quarter results for passenger revenue. This performance demonstrates that Etihad Airways' strategy of organic growth, wide-ranging partnerships, and strategic equity investments is delivering for us and our partners."

    • 28 Feb 2013. Etihad Airways new advert:
    • 1 Jan 2013. Etihad carried a record 10.29 million passengers in 2012, up on the 8.41 million pax in 2011.

    • 26 Nov 2012 Etihad Business Class. If you travel on Etihad Pearl Business or Diamond First Class before 27 November 2012, you will receive triple miles on First Class and Double Miles on Business Class.

    • Oct 2012 Etihad is offering double miles to Etihad Guest Members booking flights within 30 days of the launch of the new routes to Addis Ababa, Ahmedabad, Washington DC, Sao Paulo or Ho Chi Minh City.

    • 30 Jun 2012 Etihad establishes new passenger records, averaging 31,700 passengers per day from 26 to 30 June 2012. "Etihad Airways continues to set records for passenger bookings and passenger numbers, and we expect this to continue throughout the northern hemisphere peak summer season in 2012. These record figures demonstrate that air travellers across global markets are consistently choosing to fly with Etihad Airways , whether for business or leisure trips, and to reach those numbers, for an airline that is still less than ten years old, is a remarkable achievement. The success of these record five passenger days, as well as management of on-going high volumes of traffic to and through our Abu Dhabi hub, has been due to excellent planning and coordination by the Etihad Airways operations team and colleagues from Abu Dhabi Airport Company, Abu Dhabi Airport Services, Abu Dhabi Airport Police, and Immigration." said the CEO of Etihad, James Hogan.

    • June 2012 Etihad Airways purchases 200 hens and 3 beehives, to offer its first class passengers its own range of organic eggs & honey.

    • 1 Feb 2012. Etihad offers complimentary 96-hour visas to passengers who book accommodation at the Radisson Blu Yas Island.

    • 28 Sep 2010. Etihad Airways appoints Maurice Phohleli as new GM in South Africa.

    • 18 May 2009. From the 18th May Etihad Abu Dhabi - Johannesburg flights will offer the option of their award-winning first class seats. From the 28th March 2009 until the 15th May 2009 the first class service will be available on selected Etihad flights. Passengers can eat anytime they want. Etihad offers daily flights between Johannesburg & Abu Dhabi. South African passport holders do not require transit visas to go through Abu Dhabi airport.

    • 13 Apr 2009. Etihad moves a number of its flights to its new passenger facility next to Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, meaning that Etihad now has flights departing from both Terminal one and Terminal three. Terminal 1 provides capacity for an extra 5 million passengers per year. Flights from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg depart from Terminal 3.

    Terminals

    Flights departing to:

     

     

    Terminal 1

    Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Chennai, Damascus, Dhaka, Islamabad, Karachi, Kathmandu, Khartoum, Kochi, Kozhikode, New York, Lahore, Peshawar, Tehran, Thiruvananthapuran.

     

     

    Terminal 3

    Almaty, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Damman, Doha, Dublin, Jeddah, Frankfurt, Geneva, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London Heathrow, Manchester, Manila, Melbourne, Milan, Minsk, Moscow, Mumbai, Munich, Muscat, New Delhi, Paris, Riyadh, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto.

    Etihad & South African Airways

     

    Flying Nanny

    On the 1st September 2013 Etihad introduced their "Flying Nanny", who is available on all of their long haul international flights. The flying nanny is a member of the Etihad cabin crew who has been especially trained (at Norland College) to help families travelling with kids. The flying nanny wears an orange apron so that passengers can easily identify them. She'll help pax with kids from the boarding gate, help on board with setting up the bassinets, take care of minors who are travelling unaccompanied and ensure children are entertained whilst you sleep.

    Partner Airlines

    • 2013-08-26. It's reported that Etihad and Alitalia are in talks for a possible partnership deal.

    • 2013-08-02. Etihad Buys 49% Jat Etihad Airways has now bought 49% of the the shares in Jat Airways, which is based in Serbia. Jat Airways is to be rebranded Air Serbia

    • 25 Apr 2013. Etihad purchases 24% of Indian Airliner, Jet Airways for USD379m (Jet Airways used to fly the Johannesburg to Mumbai route - stopped on the 12th June 2012).

    • 23 Dec 2012. Etihad acquires a majority stake in a new company which has been set up to own airberlin's topbonus frequent flyer program. "The acquisition of a stake in the new topbonus company is part of our strategic evolution to create a ‘house of brands’ loyalty management company, with global scale. The loyalty program sector is a faster growing and higher margin business than the airline industry.  This new approach allows both our companies to reap greater rewards together, with opportunities to generate sustained profits from our loyalty programs. The new company also provides an attractive vehicle for other airlines looking to generate further revenues from the fast-growing loyalty management sector." said Etihad CEO, James Hogan.

    • 5 Jun 2012. Etihad reveals that it has purchased 3.96% of Virgin Australia.

    • 16 May 2012. Etihad Guest (Etihad's frequent flyer program) partners with Seychelles Plus (Air Seychelles' loyalty program).

    Etihad Airway's coral economy class seat

    Meet & Greet

    Etihad Meet & Greet offers personalised assistance through the Abu Dhabi International Airport terminal. Want an Etihad staff member to welcome you when you arrive at Abu Dhabi Airport? Under the "Arrivals Silver Service" there'll be one Etihad staff member per 2 to 5 guests, who will help you through the arrival process and fast track you through immigration. If you'd prefer 1 Etihad staff member per couple of passengers and also want a porter service then go for the Arrivals Gold Service. If you're in transit you can take up the Transit Gold Service, where you are helped through the arrival process, assisted to the Premium Lounge in Terminal 1 & then escorted to the departure gate. The Departure Gold Service involves a staff member taking you from business class check-in to the Etihad Premium Lounge. The meet & greet service must be booked with a credit card online at least 48 hours before your scheduled departure or arrival time. For more info email meetme@etihad.ae

    • 2013-07-31. Etihad Meet & Greet Upgraded Etihad are now also offering their meet & greet services to departing pax & transiting pax.

    • 2013-06-05. Etihad Meet & Greet Want to get a personal meeting when you land at Abu Dhabi Airport? At an initial fee of USD38 per person for the "silver package" a member of Etihad's staff will welcome you, help with collecting your luggage and move you swiftly through immigration (up to 5 pax per Etihad staff member). That not enough? Then buy the gold package for USD65 per person which has a personal porter who takes your luggage for you to your ride, and there's only one Etihad staff member per pax. Meet and greet services must be booked at least 48 hours before you fly. "We are always looking at ways to make flying with Etihad Airways easier and more enjoyable. Being met by a friendly face and helped with luggage and guided through immigration and customs makes the process a breeze. Our Meet and Greet service is further demonstration of our commitment to giving our guests a memorable experience, which is also in the tradition of our warm Arabian hospitality." said Etihad's COO, Peter Baumgartner.

    Fleet

    • In late 2014 Etihad is expected to begin taking delivery of A380s, and fly them to London, New York, Melbourne and Sydney.
    • 2013-07-25 Etihad has decided to upgrade the engines of its A320s from V2500 SelectOne to V2500 SelectTwo engines. "The V2500 engine has played an important role in our Airbus A320 type operations, and SelectTwo is the latest example of how IAE strives for new solutions that add value to our fleet, whilst making our fuel-burn more efficient." said James Hogan, CEO of Etihad.

    • 2013-06-07. Etihad announces plans to split its B787-9 fleet into a 3-class and a 2-class version:

      • The 2-class would consist of economy & business classes.

      • The 3-class would consist of economy, business and then either a premium economy or first class cabin.

    • 30 Oct 2012. Two A330-200 planes are purchased for $418m. Mr James Hogan, the Chief Executive of Etihad, said that “The reliable and highly versatile Airbus A330-200 has been an integral part of our global passenger and cargo success. As our operations and network continue to grow in scale, we feel the A330-200 is the right fleet type to expand with.” The plane has a range of 14,000km.  

    • May 2012. Etihad cancels an order for 6 Airbus A350-1000s.

    • 15 Nov 2007. An Airbus A340-600 due to be delivered to Etihad is crashed into a wall at the Airbus Factory at Toulouse Blagnac International Airport, France. Five people were injured and the aircraft was written off.

    In-flight Movies

    2013-07-07. "The Turtle" now Showing The movie, "The Turtle" is now showing on Etihad flights. The Turtle is an environmental film about a United Arab Emirates turtle rehab program and the attempts to reduce the polluting of plastic.


    Etihad Guest

    "Etihad Guest" is the name of their frequent flyer program.

    • Complimentary Gold Card If you're a gold tier member of another airline's frequent flyer program Etihad will, up to the 18th June 2013 and only for the first 500 applicants, give you a complimentary Etihad Guest Gold Card. Just email them a scanned copy of your miles statement, your gold card, and your Etihad Guest membership no. They'll also, for a limited period, give you double Guest Miles in business class and triple Etihad Guest Miles in First Class. T&Cs apply.

    Baggage allowance

    (Correct at the time of writing, please check the conditions of your ticket to ensure that it hasn't changed).

    Weight concept applies unless you're flying to Brazil, Canada or the United States:

    • Diamond First Class:    50kg

    • Pearl Business class:   40kg

    • Coral Economy class:   30kg (restrictions apply on US/Canada sectors)

    Piece Concept: Transportation originating from any online station to the USA/Canada.
    Diamond & Pearl zones, 2 checked pieces, the sum of the three dimensions not to exceed 158cm(62ins) for each piece. The weight of each bag should not exceed 32kgs.
    Coral zone, 2 checked pieces, the sum of the greatest outside linear dimensions does not exceed 273cm provided that the outside linear dimensions of each bag does not exceed 158cm & provided the weight of each bag does not exceed 23kgs.

    Luggage News
    • May 2013. Etihad Customers can pre-pay for excess baggage and receive a 10% discount on standard airport rates. Customers can pre-pay from the time of booking until 24 hours prior to departure.

    • 6 Nov 2012. Etihad increases its baggage allowance for Coral Economy Class to 30kg. "We believe our generous baggage allowances will prove very popular with our guests across all cabins, from Coral Economy to Pearl Business and Diamond First class, while our Etihad Guest members enjoy even more baggage rewards." said COO of Etihad Airways , Peter Baumgartner.

    • 1 March 2012. Baggage allowances are increased in Diamond First Class to 50kg & in Pearl Business Class to 40kg.

    Contact details

    Johannesburg: 0861-ETIHAD / 0861 384423 (if you're calling from within SA) or +27 11 343 9140 (if you're phoning from outside South Africa).

    Cape Town: Same numbers as for Johannesburg.

    Coral Class

    Etihad call their economy class "Coral Class"

    Flight schedule

     The new Johannesburg schedule, effective Tuesday, January 24, 2012:

    • 3 times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Etihad flights are scheduled to leave Abu Dhabi at 22h10, and arrive in JNB at 04h45 the following day. 

    • 3 times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays flights are scheduled to leave JNB at 09h15, & arrive in Abu Dhabi at 19h30. 

    • 4 times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays flights are scheduled to leave Abu Dhabi at 10h35, & arrive in JNB at 17h20.

    • 4 times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays flights are scheduled to leave JNB at 20h30, & arrive in Abu Dhabi at 06h45.

    Visa requirements

    (valid at time of writing, please check with your embassy that they are still valid before leaving)

    South African require a visa to enter the UAE.

    Citizens of the following countries are allowed to enter the UAE without a visa prior to arrival as long as they are carrying a valid passport that will not expire within six months of their arrival date: Australia; Andorra; Austria; Brunei; Belgium; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hong Kong; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Japan; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Malaysia; Monaco; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Portugal; San Marino; Singapore; South Korea; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States of America; and The Vatican. Immigration officials may grant a tourist visa, which is valid for 30 days, on arrival at the port of entry.

     

    Etihad Airways flight

    Competitor Airlines

    With Emirates, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines all offering flights in the region and flights from Johannesburg, Etihad is not short of competitors.

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