etihad-logo-blackEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will increase its flights between Abu Dhabi and Tehran, the capital of Iran, from three flights a week to a daily service, beginning on Wednesday 15 April 2015.

The Airbus A320 Tehran service, which started in December 2006, provides 136 seats each way in a two cabin configuration, with 16 Business Class seats and 120 Economy Class seats.

Adding 1,088 new seats per week to the route, the additional Tehran flights will enable Etihad Airways to provide its guests with more choice and greater flexibility when travelling between Abu Dhabi and Tehran.

Daily Tehran flight operations will allow the Iranian capital to gain two-way connectivity to almost 50 markets on Etihad Airways’ global network.

The new schedule will establish important daily connections to key markets in the United States, including New York , Washington DC, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Los Angeles, which is home to the world’s largest Iranian diaspora.

In addition to the US cities, the Tehran flights will connect with destinations on the airline’s network across the Gulf region, Africa, Asia and Australia.

The increase to daily is the first step in Etihad Airways’ phased network expansion to Iran.