Further Expansion for Etihad

Etihad Airways plans to expand its network in China with daily non-stop, return services between Abu Dhabi, UAE and Shanghai, subject to government approval.
The announcement of the proposed services was made on July 6, 2011, by the airline’s CEO, James Hogan, in front of 300 global aviation industry representatives at the Aviation Outlook China Summit in Shanghai.
Mr Hogan explained that Shanghai was an important addition to Etihad’s portfolio.  He said:  “Together with our daily flights to the capital Beijing, the Shanghai route will offer travellers competitive access to the two biggest centres for commerce, trade, government, culture and tourism in China.  We also intend to pursue growth of the valuable export trade for high-tech and other commodities.”
The new Abu Dhabi-Shanghai route will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured in the Pearl Business and Coral Economy classes.