Etihad Airways has launched a fifth weekly
non-stop flight between Abu Dhabi and Khartoum.
The airline commenced operations to the capital
of Sudan in July 2006, and since then has carried more than
200,000 travellers and nearly 6.5 million tons of cargo on the
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief
Executive Officer, said, “Etihad is experiencing a period of rapid
expansion with the launch of many exciting new destinations and
the arrival of new aircraft. Our services to Khartoum have
exceeded our expectations over the past five years, and we are
pleased to be able to build on this success with an additional
flight. Khartoum is a special destination for us due to the established cultural and commercial ties between Sudan and the
Etihad Crystal Cargo has been successfully
operating freighter flights to Khartoum for more than six years.
Currently cargo freighter operations between Abu Dhabi and
Khartoum offer a payload of up to 46 tonnes on each flight, three
times a week.
Etihad currently operates a two
cabin Airbus A320-200 aircraft between Abu Dhabi and Khartoum,
configured to carry 136 passengers – 16 in Pearl business and 120
in Coral economy.
The 19 staff members based in
Etihad’s Khartoum office work in sales, finance and operations,
offering a wide variety of services including reservations and
ticketing, visas to UAE, hotels and holidays packages and a
dedicated corporate team.
Mohamed ElNoman, Etihad’s
Country Manager for Sudan, said, "Etihad has enjoyed consistently
high load factors across all cabins since the launch of services
between Khartoum and Abu Dhabi in 2006 and we are very proud of
that success. The additional weekly flight will open new horizons
for our commercial activities in the Sudan and will offer our
customers more flexibility in their travel to Abu Dhabi and onto
the airline’s worldwide network. As well, the recently announced
operations to Chengdu and Shanghai in China will add extra value for our clients from Sudan. ”
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