Abu Dhabi: Etihad Regional has launched a twice-weekly service linking Geneva, Switzerland to Toulouse, France. Flight F7464 touched down at Toulouse-Blagnac airport yesterday at 4.40pm local time and the newly branded 50-seat Saab 2000 aircraft was greeted by a traditional water cannon salute. This is Etihad Regional’s first year-round route to France from its Swiss base. The airline already operates to Biarritz and Calvi during the summer season and will commence year-round operations to Bordeaux, Lyon and Marseille between May and June. From May, Etihad Regional plans to operate a larger 68-seat ATR 72-500 aircraft on the Geneva-Toulouse route. From June, the airline will also increase the Geneva-Toulouse services to three flights per week. The new Geneva-Toulouse flights are timed to offer guests seamless connections through Geneva to Abu Dhabi and to cities across the globe. Jean-Michel Vernhes, President of Toulouse-Blagnac airport, said, “We welcome Etihad Regional to Toulouse and are delighted that the new route not only enhances access to Geneva, but beyond to Abu Dhabi and a whole range of destinations.