Etihad Airways will increase the frequency of its Abu Dhabi – Chengdu service from five-flights-a-week to daily from 30 March 2014.
Etihad Airways launched its Chengdu service on 15 December 2011, offering the first and only direct airline connection between the UAE and China’s Sichuan province, home to a population of over 80 million. It is the third city to be served by Etihad Airways in China, with daily flights also operated to the capital, Beijing, and the country’s largest city by population, Shanghai.
Passenger volumes on the Chengdu route increased by 25 per cent last year compared to 2012 levels, while cargo and mail volumes were 19 per cent higher.
The flights are operated using a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 22 Pearl Business class and 240 Coral Economy class seats.