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Etihad Airways launches Flights to Istanbul

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Etihad Airways has launched flights to Istanbul, the commercial capital of Turkey.

 Flights depart Abu Dhabi airport at 9.15am on Monday 1 June and land in Istanbul at 12.50pm, the same day.

To mark this weekend’s Formula 1 ING Turkish Grand Prix, and the inaugural Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which takes place on 1 November, Etihad operated its iconic Formula 1 liveried A320 aircraft on the maiden flight to Istanbul.

Turkey is one of the UAE’s largest trade partners, with US$9 billion in annual bilateral trade volume generating strong economic relations and sound business opportunities for both countries.

Last year saw foreign trade figures reveal Turkey as one of the UAE’s top 10 biggest suppliers, while over the past five years (2004-2008) the UAE’s exports to Turkey have increased six-fold.

The new route has not only be welcomed by the 6,000 Turkish expatriates currently living and working in the UAE, but will also provide convenient onward connections to some of the well-established Turkish communities served by Etihad’s global network – in particular, Sydney and Melbourne.

Etihad operates a two-class Airbus A320 to Istanbul, configured to carry 140 passengers with 20 seats in business class and 120 in economy class.

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