KARACHI (PR):  The inaugural flight of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has taken off for the Netherlands’ capital, Amsterdam. Flight EY77, carrying the KL code of Dutch national carrier, KLM, departed Abu Dhabi airport on schedule.

The launch of the service is another important development in the strategic partnership between Etihad Airways and KLM. First announced in October 2012, the partnership involves the two airlines code sharing on multiple routes across each other’s networks.

The new daily service between Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam complements KLM’s flights on that route, which carries Etihad Airways’ EY code, ensuring the two airlines will offer a combined double daily service from the summer. Passengers can now have direct access to Amsterdam via Abu Dhabi from Pakistan with 31 weekly flights, daily from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and twice a week from Peshawar.