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2014-11-21 12:00

NIKI connects Vienna and Abu Dhabi

More than 150 guests celebrated the new NIKI route between Vienna and Abu Dhabi on 21 November 2014. For the first time NIKI is flying and – also new – offering business class under the slogan “All the Best”. In a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways there will now be a daily flight to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Viennese tradition meets Abu Dhabi, the city of the future.

To the music of Tina Turner’s classic Simply the Best, on Friday NIKI’s new Business Class “All the Best” was unveiled to the public in Vienna, in honour of the new NIKI route between Vienna and Abu Dhabi.

As part of a spectacular show at the Vienna Airport presented by Vera Russwurm, invited guests could follow live as the two cities Vienna and Abu Dhabi move a bit closer together, starting on 24 November 2014. A unique projection directly on the NIKI Airbus A320 visualized the traditional Vienna and the modern Abu Dhabi, before the NIKI Business Class appeared, at first as a moving image. At the high point of the show – accompanied by the Tina Turner song Simply the Best – the doors of the NIKI machine opened and flight attendants of NIKI and Etihad Airways beckoned the guests to enter the new Business Class and have a look around. For those interested, the tour was sweetened by little Sacher tortes.

NIKI’s CEO Christian Lesjak welcomed numerous guests, including Julian Jäger of Vienna International Airport, Peter Baumgartner of Etihad Airways and Consul Ahmed Alttakkawi, Embassy of United Arab Emirates. Michael Konsel, Uwe Kröger, Missy May, Martina Kaiser and Daniel Serafin also accepted the invitation from NIKI.

Starting on 24 November 2014, NIKI will be flying daily to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, in cooperation with Etihad Airways. Etihad, the Arabic word for Unity, opens up a worldwide network for NIKI passengers – an alliance which will benefit both holiday and business travellers. An airbus A320 will be used on this route. It will depart from Vienna every day at 11:10 a.m. with the flight number HG7086, landing in Abu Dhabi at 7:50 p.m. The return flight takes off at 2:40 a.m. and lands in Vienna International Airport at 6:10 a.m.

The NIKI flight offers a particularly pleasant trip, both in Economy Class (132 seats) and Business Class (twelve seats). With WiFi on board, passengers can be online the whole time they are up above the clouds and Business Class guests are pampered under the slogan “All the Best” with excellent catering and a large menu selection. Of course all the meat dishes are Halal certified.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the Emirate of the same name on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, is a guaranteed sunny holiday destination and wins points for its ideal connection flights to Southeast Asia, Australia and the Indian subcontinent. Business and holiday travellers benefit from the extreme flexibility and ideal transfer connections to the entire world. In addition, there are interesting destinations such as Bangkok, Phuket, Hong Kong, Delhi, Colombo as well as Bangalore, Shanghai, Chengdu and Al Ain, or Sydney and Johannesburg.

“The codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways allows us to offer our passengers yet another attractive business and holiday destination”, said NIKI’s CEO Christian Lesjak, adding: “Offering a new route to Abu Dhabi along with a NIKI Business Class for the first time is an important milestone in the history of our company.”

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, was also enthusiastic about the first connection between the two global capital cities: “Etihad Airways is very pleased to add its EY code to the new daily NIKI flights between Abu Dhabi and Vienna and to bring travellers to Abu Dhabi in cooperation with NIKI.”

The new NIKI route offers a pleasant flight all the way round, with an outstanding price/performance ratio. It can be booked starting immediately through a travel agent or at