ADAC welcomes the inaugural flight of RAK Airways

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RAK Airways CEO Mr. John Brayford (center) with ADAC CEO Mr. James Bennett, to his left and Mr Chris Youlton , Vice President
RAK Airways CEO Mr. John Brayford (center) with ADAC CEO Mr. James Bennett, to his left and Mr Chris Youlton , Vice President Airport and Network Operations for Etihad Airways. Photo-provided

Four flights a week between Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi-

03 October 2012 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) welcomed today the inaugural flight of RAK Airways at Abu Dhabi International Airport, to be the first domestic flight from the airline. RAK Airways, the main carrier of Ras Al Khaimah, has launched four direct flights a week between the Capital’s Airport (AUH) and Ras Al Khaimah Airport (RKT).

H.E. Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qassimi, Chairman DCA, H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Qaid Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development of Ras Al Khaimah and the RAK Airways CEO, Mr. John Brayford arrived to Abu Dhabi today onboard the first domestic flight and were greeted at Abu Dhabi International Airport by ADAC CEO, James E. Bennett, and Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operation Officer of ADAC.

RAK Airways First Domestic Flight lands at Abu Dhabi Airport on 3 October 2012
RAK Airways First Domestic Flight lands at Abu Dhabi Airport on 3 October 2012. Photo-provided

James E. Bennett, CEO of ADAC, said:

“ADAC is pleased to see more domestic routes use Abu Dhabi International Airport, helping domestic travelers to reach hundreds of global destinations with ease.  In addition, domestic flights from the Capital’s international airport will also provide international guests with an opportunity to explore other emirates in the UAE.  ADAC has placed its award winning services to provide RAK Airways with the tools it needs to offer its frequent short-haul flights with maximum efficiency and convenience for the domestic passenger.”

RAK Airways comes to Abu Dhabi International Airport with a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE.  The codeshared operation will provide RAK Airways passengers easy access to Etihad’s worldwide network when traveling from Abu Dhabi.

John Brayford, CEO of RAK Airways said: “Our pioneering codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, which begins today, has certainly created a buzz in the marketplace. We are delighted with the high level of interest shown and this augurs well for the future success of the Abu Dhabi route. I would like to thank everyone involved, especially Abu Dhabi Airports Company and the various Regulatory Authorities, for their support and cooperation without which our first flight today would not have been the success that it is.”

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are proud to welcome RAK Airways, a fellow UAE airline, as a codeshare partner. This is the first time Etihad Airways will have its ‘EY’ code on a domestic UAE flight which is an exciting milestone for us. We look forward to welcoming air travellers through Abu Dhabi and onto international flights across the Etihad Airways network.”

RAK Airways crew pose outside the airline's aircraft on touch down at Ras Al Khaimah celebrating the return of the first domestic flight
RAK Airways crew pose outside the airline’s aircraft on touch down at Ras Al Khaimah celebrating the return of the first domestic flight. Photo-provided

RAK Airways flights will be operated weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday to depart from Abu Dhabi at 10:00 am and from Ras Al Khaimah at 6:40 am, with plans to increase operations to daily flights between the two emirates by the end of 2012.

For more information, please visit the ADAC website at www.adac.ae.

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