Etihad Airways recently announced a new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai, China.
The new Dreamliner features state-of-the-art cabins and business class seats. It will operate with 299 seats, 28 in business and 271 in economy. This is 14 percent capacity increase over previous planes chartered to Shanghai.
“Since launching flights between Shanghai and Abu Dhabi four years ago, we have experienced first-hand the huge growth of China’s outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from both business and leisure travellers,” Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways, said. “The decision to upgrade to the Boeing 787 reflects the importance of Shanghai and China to the airline.”
Baumgartner noted that Shanghai is a modern metropolis and a global center of economy and finance. It is therefore a very important hub for Etihad. Baumgartner believes the new services will help support the growing demand for outbound tourism from Shanghai.
"The additional capacity will enable more Chinese business and leisure travelers to enjoy seamless one-stop connections over the Abu Dhabi hub to over 40 destinations across the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and South America,” Baumgartner said.