Etihad Airways has deployed a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner to serve its daily scheduled services to Shanghai.
This news was celebrated during a special ‘Abu Dhabi Night’ reception, which took place at Bellagio Shanghai. The reception was attended by leading figures from the UAE and local government officials, as well as diplomats, corporate partners, members of the travel industry and social influencers.
Group chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation, Robin Kamark remarked on the development: “Since the launch of our flights between Shanghai and Abu Dhabi in 2012, we have witnessed huge growth in China’s outbound tourism market and experienced strong demand from both business and leisure travellers. We appreciate the tremendous support and recognition we’ve received in recent years from our guests, partners and stakeholders, who have been instrumental in cementing Etihad’s position as a leading airline in this important market.”
Kamark continued: “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.”
Also commenting on Etihad Airways’ aircraft upgrade was the UAE Ambassador to China, HE Dr. Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri: “The aviation sector makes an invaluable contribution of 13 per cent of the UAE’s GDP, and as such, is one of the most valuable aspects of the UAE-China relationship. Our country has become an important strategic trading partner for China’s overseas investment, positioned as it is at the crossroads of continents.
“This fleet upgrade, alongside numerous other initiatives driven by Etihad Airways, is part of a series of positive developments in the aviation sector, and I am delighted that the ties between the UAE and China are being further strengthened in these very real and practical ways,” he added.
China is a key market for the UAE, and now, the number of Chinese tourists arriving in the UAE exceeds one million each year, while 3.5 million Chinese passengers transit through the country every year.