Etihad’s CEO James Hogan saw off the crew departing Abu Dhabi for Shanghai Pudong; Etihad’s third destination in Mainland China. At the start of the summer scheduling season, Shanghai will be the only Chinese destination Etihad serves with three cabin classes.
- Etihad began serving its third destination in Mainland China on 1 March when the airline connected its Abu Dhabi (AUH) hub with Shanghai Pudong (PVG). The route, which follows the airline’s operations to Beijing and recently launched Chengdu, is operated five times weekly. Initially, the airline deploys two-class 262-seat A330-200 aircraft on the route, but from the start of the summer scheduling season, seat capacity is decreased in spite of the switch to larger aircraft, as the airline begins operating three-class 231-seat A330-300s on the route. This is notably Etihad’s first Chinese route to feature aircraft with all three cabin classes. James Hogan, Etihad’s President and CEO, commented: “The new Shanghai route adds much more than just another destination to the Etihad Airways global network. It brings the capital of the UAE and the commercial and financial centre of mainland China closer together and creates new opportunities for government, trade, tourism and cultural exchange.”