Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline, has commenced a four times per week service from its hub in Geneva, Switzerland to Stuttgart, the capital of the state of Baden-Württemberg in Southern Germany.

The inaugural flight F7260 was operated by Etihad Regional’s newly branded 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft, which was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute upon arrival at Stuttgart Airport.

The new flights have been introduced to serve the point-to-point market as well as provide seamless connectivity beyond the Geneva hub to numerous key destinations across Europe, including Cambridge, Valencia , Rome , Lugano, Florence , Toulouse (commencing in April 2014), Belgrade and Zurich (commencing in May 2014), and Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes and Verona (commencing in June 2014).

The flights will also offer travellers a great opportunity to connect on Etihad Airways, the UAE national carrier’s services from Geneva to Abu Dhabi. Flights from Abu Dhabi, offered by Etihad Airways and its equity partners, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia also connect well with destinations in the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Asia and Australia.

With the new addition, Etihad Regional now offers year-round flights to 16 destinations in Europe using a fleet of 10 Saab 2000 turboprop aircraft. By mid-2014, this will more than double to 34 destinations.

The summer schedule will include destinations such as Biarritz in France, the Spanish island of Ibiza and Cagliari in Sardinia.