Etihad Airways Plans China Expansion

Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to expand in China with 2 new destinations. Currently serving Beijing from Abu Dhabi, the national airline of the UAE will launch flights to Chengdu – home to spectacular landscapes and the famed giant pandas – on 15 December 2011, followed by services to cosmopolitan Shanghai in March 2012.

 

4 Times Weekly Abu Dhabi – Chengdu

Scheduled to depart Abu Dhabi at 0825 hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, flight EY 818 will arrive in Chengdu at 1845 hrs. The Airbus A330-200 deployed on the route turns around to operate flight EY 811, taking off from Shuangliu International Airport at 2015 hrs and landing back at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 0040 hrs the next day.

 

Etihad Airways bucks the trend and becomes the first Middle Eastern carrier to serve Chengdu and southwest China instead of the usual first tier cities. The airline will be expecting strong demand for travel to and from Africa and Europe, with flights timed for onward connections at its Abu Dhabi hub.

 

5 Times Weekly Abu Dhabi – Shanghai (Pudong)

Beginning 1 March 2012, flight EY 862 will depart Abu Dhabi at 1010 hrs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, arriving in Shanghai at 2145 hrs. The return flight, EY 867, takes off from Pudong International Airport at 0020 hrs on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays to land back at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 0630 hrs in the morning.

 

Etihad will fly a 2-class Airbus A330-200 jet on the route, which will be increased to a daily service from 16 April 2012. The carrier joins rivals Emirates and Qatar Airways in serving Shanghai, offering a nonstop link to Abu Dhabi and greater options for flights to Africa, Europe and the Middle East via the UAE capital.

 

For more information, visit www.etihadairways.com.

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