Four additional flights are being added by Etihad Airways on the Dublin-Abu Dhabi route for the summer to bring the frequency up to 11 flights a week.

The airline will fly to its Middle East hub up to twice daily, with four additional services operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The additional flights, depart Dublin in the evening, complement existing daily morning Boeing 777-300ER departures.

The two-class 787-9s are configured with 299 seats – 28 business studios and 271 in economy.

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The carrier is offering a free two-night stopover in the Emirati capital to travellers flying to international destinations via Abu Dhabi, available for bookings made by December 1 for travel until December 31.

Etihad Aviation Group chief commercial officer Robin Kamark said: “Ireland is an incredibly important market for Etihad and one that we are proud to have served since 2007.

“Our services from Dublin connect guests to key markets in Asia, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and of course Australia, one of our largest connecting markets from Dublin.

“The progressive roll-out of Boeing 787s to key destinations across our network will allow us to enhance our in-flight experience, enabling our guests to enjoy the most highly customised Dreamliner cabins in the world.

“These aircraft are quickly becoming the backbone of the Etihad fleet and feature upgraded entertainment systems and connectivity.”

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