PaxEx: Etihad Airways Upgrades Services on Key Asian Routes
Etihad Airways, last week, upgraded flight services on three key Asian routes, introducing larger aircraft to accommodate growing demand as well as enhancing passenger experience.
Flights between Abu Dhabi, and major two Chinese cities, Shanghai and Chengdu, have been upgraded with next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliners, while the South Korean city of Seoul has been boosted from a Boeing 787 to an Airbus A380.
Etihad has upgraded its daily Abu Dhabi – Chengdu flights from 262-seat Airbus A330-200 to a 299-seat Boeing 787-9, a 14% increase in seats. Chengdu, in south-central China, is a city of 7.4 million people.
Shanghai, China’s largest city, with a population of more than 24 million, has been upgraded from Boeing 787-9 aircraft to larger Boeing 787-10 jets, seating 336 passengers, up 12%.
And Seoul, the capital of South Korea, with a population approaching 10 million, has been upgraded from the Boeing 787-10 to the 494-seat Airbus A380, a massive 47% increase.
With the upgrades of the Shanghai and Chengdu routes, Etihad now operates Dreamliners to all four of its China gateways, having introduced these planes to Hong Kong and Beijing earlier this year.
Recently, Dreamliners have also been deployed to London and Rome, and later this year, it will introduce these aircraft to markets including Frankfurt, Milan, Dublin, Johannesburg and Lagos.