Abu Dhabi: Etihad airways will start flights connecting Beijing to Abu Dhabi from December 7. The service will operate with a weekly flight using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Etihad resumed services between UAE’s capital and Shanghai in late July this year, which has helped meet the large demand from travellers in the UAE, China, and other countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. With the second weekly flight added to Etihad’s global network, the airline becomes the only carrier in the MENA region operating non-stop passenger flights departing from both Shanghai and Beijing, Etihad said in a statement.
“China continues to be a strategically important market for Etihad and resuming an additional passenger route connecting China with Abu Dhabi is a welcome development. Being granted the rights to operate the second weekly flight by the Chinese government was huge recognition of the unrelenting joint efforts by the airline, testing institutions in the UAE, and the authorities in both countries, in the battle against COVID-19,” said Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales and Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group.
“Etihad is tremendously grateful for the support of the authorities, its customers and partners, and its employees in these most challenging of times, and Etihad stands ready to fly more frequently to China when possible,” he added.
As a mid-sized, full-service carrier, Etihad will continue to follow this positioning, the statement said.