New Routes From Etihad, Qatar Airways

Fast-growing Middle Eastern carriers Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways have announced new routes to Africa and China from their respective hubs in Abu Dhabi and Doha. The national airline of the UAE is set to touch down in Nairobi from April 2012, while its Qatari counterpart will add Chongqing to the list of destinations served in China.


Etihad to launch daily Abu Dhabi – Nairobi service from 1 April 2012

Heralding Etihad Airways’ foray into East Africa, Nairobi becomes its 72nd global destination and 9th on the continent. The airline is looking to tap into large business and leisure traffic flows between the region, the Indian subcontinent and North Asia via its Abu Dhabi hub.


Flight EY 641 will depart Abu Dhabi at 0930 hrs, arriving in Nairobi at 1320 hrs. The return flight, EY 642, takes off from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 1430 hrs, landing back at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 2025 hrs. Etihad will operate a 2-class Airbus A320 configured with 16 Pearl Business and 120 Coral Economy class seats on the route.


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3 times weekly Doha – Chongqing flights beginning 28 November 2011 from Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways will grow its presence in the Chinese market with the introduction of services to Chongqing, its 5th destination in the country after Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Shanghai, this November. A 2-class Airbus A330 aircraft will operate on the route, which is expected to be popular with business travellers heading to and from the manufacturing hub city.


Flight QR 848 will depart Doha at 0115 hrs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, arriving in Chongqing at 1305 hrs. The aircraft returns to Doha as flight QR 849 at 0100 hrs on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, landing back at Doha International Airport at 0500 hrs to connect with Qatar Airways’ regional and westbound services.


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