Etihad Airways is now operating Boeing 787-10
Dreamliner aircraft on its daily scheduled services to Shanghai.
Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief
Commercial Officer, said, “We are delighted to now deploy the
larger 787-10 Dreamliner on this popular route, a decision which
reflects the importance of Shanghai and China to Etihad Airways.
The new aircraft will help to support the increasing demand for
travel to and from Shanghai. In particular, it will help support
the surging growth in leisure travel from Shanghai and its
surrounding cities in Eastern China, to the Middle East and
beyond, via our hub in Abu Dhabi.”
The number of Chinese tourists arriving in
the UAE now exceeds 1 million per year, while 3.5 million Chinese
passengers transit through the country each year, assisted by
direct services and the mutual visa-exemption policy between the
UAE and China implemented last January.
Etihad Airways’ service to Shanghai was
inaugurated in March 2012, with Dreamliner services on this route
launched in August 2016. The route has proved very successful for
the airline, recording consistently strong demand to and from both