Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, operated the first commercial flight from Abu Dhabi International’s highly anticipated new Terminal A on October 31, 2023. Etihad flight EY224, from Abu Dhabi to New Delhi, departed Terminal A at 14:35. The flight used one of the airline’s Airbus A350-1000, with 359 guests onboard. The ceremonial flight was officially inaugurated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a distinguished array of guests, including Etihad and Abu Dhabi Airport Board members and aviation leaders. Among those present were Etihad’s CEO Antonoaldo Neves, as well as Elena Sorlini, Managing Director and Interim CEO, and Frank McCrorie, Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.