Etihad says Olá to Portugal with inaugural Lisbon flight

Pilots on the flightdeck of an Etihad Airways 787 celebrate the new Lisbon flight.
Photo Credit: Etihad Airways
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has introduced regular services connecting Abu Dhabi with the vibrant Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

This exciting new air link was commemorated with the inaugural flight, EY63, which was celebrated at Abu Dhabi Airport.

Those present included His Excellency Fernando d’Orey de Brito e Cunha Figueirinhas, the Ambassador of the Republic of Portugal to the UAE, and Chris Hedlin, Etihad’s Vice President of Network Planning.

Upon arrival in Lisbon, Etihad’s captains proudly displayed the flags of the UAE and Portugal from the cockpit, symbolizing the connection between the two nations through this new air route.

The service, operated by a state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, will initially be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

The aircraft boasts 28 seats in Business Class and 262 seats in Economy, along with advanced entertainment systems, in-seat power outlets, and in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity.

Etihad Airways’ CEO, Antonoaldo Neves, expressed his enthusiasm about the expansion of their global network with the addition of Lisbon:

“We are thrilled to commence flights to Lisbon and to provide travelers with the opportunity to explore the historic city while also facilitating connections between Portugal, the UAE, and various destinations across the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.”


Upgraded from a seasonal route

Originally planned as a seasonal route, the overwhelming travel demand has prompted Etihad Airways to extend the service throughout the year, ensuring that passengers can benefit from this convenient air link regardless of the season.

To commemorate the launch of the first flight, guests on board were treated to special menu items that included the delectable Portuguese delicacy, custard tarts.

Business class passengers received luxury chocolates from the renowned Emirati brand, Mirzam, while Economy class guests were presented with unique commemorative luggage tags.

Lisbon, known for its rich history and captivating charm, has recently been honored with prestigious titles at the 2022 European edition of the World Travel Awards.

The city was recognized as the “Leading City Break Destination” and “Leading Seaside Metropolitan Destination,” underscoring its appeal to holidaymakers seeking both cultural experiences and coastal getaways.

Lisbon proudly stands as Europe’s second oldest city, adding to its allure as a must-visit destination.


Etihad Airways’ launch of regular services between Abu Dhabi and Lisbon represents a significant development for both business and leisure travelers.

With its modern fleet, exceptional onboard amenities, and the opportunity to explore the captivating city of Lisbon, Etihad Airways is poised to provide a seamless travel experience, connecting people from different corners of the world and fostering cultural exchange.

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