Etihad Airways, the nationwide service of the UAE, has resumed passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Beijing, with the inaugural flight touchdown within the Chinese capital on June 30. With this, Etihad turns into the primary common direct worldwide passenger service to return to Beijing below the most recent mandate of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council in response to Covid-19.
The flight is the primary direct passenger service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE to Beijing, capital of the People’s Republic of China, since March 23, 2020. On board the flight had been UAE diplomats, staff of Chinese enterprises with investments within the UAE, enterprise travellers and college students.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, mentioned: “Today marks a big second in Etihad’s historical past as passenger flights resume to Beijing for the primary time in over 800 days. The direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Beijing will undoubtedly facilitate the deepening of bilateral cooperation in varied fields and promote stronger bonds among the many individuals of the 2 nations.
“As global travel restrictions rapidly ease, Etihad is equipped to further increase operations to China and meet the rising demand from travellers in both locations to support the recovery of economic and social activities worldwide.”
Following the inaugural flight, the common weekly service will start on July 6, and will probably be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, that includes Business and Economy cabins.