Subscribe Free
in Route Planning & Tourism

Etihad Airways' Dreamliner touches down in Beijing

Posted 3 July 2017 · Add Comment

An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing yesterday after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi.

To celebrate the milestone event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in Abu Dhabi, attended by senior executives from Etihad Airways, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

The new 787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class seats. It will operate with 299 seats - 28 in Business Class and 271 in Economy Class, representing a 14 per cent capacity increase.

Peter Baumgartner, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Since launching flights between our two capitals of Abu Dhabi and Beijing nine years ago, we have experienced the huge growth of China’s outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from business and leisure travellers.”  

“The decision to upgrade our operations to the Dreamliner reflects the importance of Beijing and the Chinese market to the airline, and the sustained development of economic relations between the two countries. Beijing is the nation’s economic, political, cultural and international exchange centre, which underlines its importance within Etihad Airways’ global network.”

Ni Jian, Chinese Ambassador to the UAE, complimented Etihad Airways’ contributions in the effort of enhancing the capacity of air connectivity between China and the UAE. He said, “For many years, the UAE has been the second largest trading partner and the largest export market of China in the West Asia and North Africa Region. The UAE is a founding member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and committed to its central mission of bringing the Belt and Road vision to life. As a key aviation hub in the Gulf region, the UAE and Abu Dhabi will continue to play a positive role in the development of the ‘Belt and Road’ framework, using the strong global network of Etihad Airways.”

Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, added: “China has grown to become the largest overseas source market for Abu Dhabi hotel guest arrivals, and through our pro-active in-territory promotional efforts supported by further expansion in capacity, we are looking forward to welcoming 600,000 Chinese visitors to the emirate by 2021. Recent developments such as visas on arrival will help promote the UAE and Abu Dhabi as a unique business and leisure destination. It will also encourage Chinese travellers to take advantage of the excellent stopover packages on offer year round while en route to over 40 destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and America.” 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Air Partner is appointed by Saudi Arabian Airlines as its exclusive remarketing agent

Air Partner's Aircraft Remarketing division (formerly Cabot Aviation), a leading aircraft remarketing agent, has been appointed by Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) as its exclusive remarketing agent in respect of fifteen Boeing

Boeing Global Services Forecasts 1.2 million pilots and technicians needed by 2036

Now in its eighth year, the outlook is a respected industry study that forecasts the 20 year demand for crews to support the world's growing commercial airplane fleet.

Pegasus Airlines launches Business Flex

Pegasus Airlines has launched its brand-new flight package, Business Flex.

Etihad Airways introduces next-gen Boeing 787 between Abu Dhabi and Beirut

Etihad Airways has introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to Beirut, Lebanon.

Emirates highlights female role models in aviation with simulator challenge

Championing the importance of women's contributions to the growth and development of aviation, Emirates recently hosted Shaesta Waiz for a Boeing 777 simulator challenge in its home base of Dubai.

Gerry's Dnata opens lounge in Karachi

Gerry's Dnata, the largest ground handler in Pakistan, has opened a new marhaba lounge at Jinnah International Airport – Karachi.

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
DIAC BT1105121117DASAS BT3006161117Global Aerospace BT28218DAS BT1105161117Commercial Aircraft Financing BT2017Aviation Africa BT18418AIME BT1204240118Aviation Show 267291117RMIT BT1631817