Etihad Airways is to launch flights to Nagoya
and Tokyo in the first quarter of 2010. The two cities are the
airline’s first destinations in Japan.
Etihad will operate a four flights a week
service to Nagoya, via Beijing, from Monday, 1 February,
increasing to five flights a week from 27 March (subject to
A five flights a week direct service
to Tokyo’s Narita airport commences on Saturday 27 March
(subject to regulatory approval).
The addition of
Tokyo and Nagoya on Etihad’s flying programme will bring to eight
the number of destinations served by Etihad in the Far East, which
currently includes Beijing, Jakarta, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok
and Kuala Lumpur.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways chief
executive officer, said, “Rarely does an airline have the
opportunity to launch flights to two cities in one country at the
same time, so these services to Tokyo and Nagoya are very special
Total trade between the two countries
currently stands at more than US$ 40 billion. Japan is the second
largest foreign investor in the UAE with foreign direct
investments of more than US$ 4 billion.
areas of investment are the automotive and hospitality industries.
Current statistics indicate that 330 Japanese companies operate in
the UAE. More than 3,500 Japanese nationals reside in the country
and 8,800 in the Middle East region.
receives the majority of international passenger traffic to and
from Japan, primarily serving Tokyo. The second runway at Narita
has recently been extended to 2,500 metres, and additional
infrastructure has provided increased landing slots and handling
Nagoya is Japan’s third-largest city
and the fourth most populous urban area in Japan. It is located on
the Pacific coast in the Chūbu region and is home to the Suzuka
track which hosts the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. Nagoya is
also home to the worldwide brand of Toyota where its head quarters
are based along with significant manufacturing plants.
Etihad will operate a three cabin Airbus A330 to Tokyo and a
two cabin A330 to Nagoya.
Etihad recently appointed Masatsugu Nishiyori and Juan
Torres to head up its offices in Japan. Based in Tokyo, Mr
Nishiyori is the airline’s vice president – general manager in
Japan, while Mr Torres has taken up the position of commercial
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