Lahore: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, marked its eighth anniversary of the inaugural Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi to Al Ain in 2003 on 5th November 2011.
This year the company will fly just under nine million customers, across a global network that spans 86 passenger and cargo destinations. In the first week of November, Etihad Airways has launched flights to the Maldives and the Seychelles.
Flights to Chengdu in China (December 15), Dusseldorf (December 16), Shanghai (March 1, 2012) and Nairobi (April 1, 2012) will follow. And the company has already announced its intention of operating to Tripoli when it is able to do so.
The company has a fleet of 63 Airbus and Boeing aircrafts, and 100 aircraft on order. Next year it will take delivery of another seven passenger aircrafts – four B777-300ER aircrafts and three A320-200’s – for strategic expansion of its global network.
Etihad started operations in Pakistan in 2004 with its first flight to Karachi. It current operates 23 weekly flights from Pakistan, with a daily service from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad and twice a week from Peshawar.
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