Etihad Airways in partnership with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) – is marking Saudi Arabia’s 89th National Day by launching a series of bespoke aircraft liveries paying tribute to ADNOC’s key international trading markets, industry partners and destinations served by the airline.
The first livery is a special Saudi Arabian-inspired Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 on EY317 and EY318 between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh.
The bespoke livery celebrates the UAE’s close historical ties with Saudi Arabia, through an Islamic calligraphic and Mashrabiya latticework design in the Kingdom’s national colours.
On the 89th Saudi National Day, the celebration will kick off with a special video which will be broadcast with players from Riyadh-based Al Nassr FC, one of Saudi Arabia’s most popular football teams which Etihad sponsor. Saudi pilots working at the airline will also feature in their own video.
Guests travelling from Abu Dhabi International Airport will enjoy themed check-in counters and giveaways, and those visiting Etihad’s First and Business Class Lounges in the UAE’s capital will be treated to a selection of Saudi Arabian-themed cuisine. On flights between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia on National Day, guests will receive kabsa (a traditional Saudi Arabian dish) or shawarma, themed chocolates, and greeting cards.
The airline will also be offering special fares from Saudi Arabia during the National Day celebration period.
Earlier this year, Etihad and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Saudi national flag carrier, announced positive growth in traffic since their codeshare partnership began in November 2018.
In 2018, Etihad operated 8,049 passenger flights and carried 1.3 million guests between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Etihad currently operates 77 flights per week to Saudi Arabia; three return flights a day to Riyadh, three return flights a day to Jeddah, and four return flights a day to Dammam, as well as daily seasonal flights to Medina.