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Etihad Airways’ Dreamliner connects Beijing


The Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Beijing after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. 

The inaugural flight was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Abu Dhabi, attended by senior executives from Etihad Airways, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.

Etihad’s new 787-9 Dreamliner features next-generation business and economy class seats with 28 seats in business class and 271 in economy class, representing a 14% capacity increase.

Peter Baumgartner, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Since launch of this route, we have experienced huge growth of China’s outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from business and leisure travellers.”

Elaborating further, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority said: “China has grown to become the largest overseas source market for Abu Dhabi hotel guest arrivals, and through our pro-active in-territory promotional efforts supported by further expansion in capacity, we are looking forward to welcoming 600,000 Chinese visitors to the emirate by 2021.”