Etihad Airways launches its new Singapore and Brisbane services

ABU DHABI — Etihad Airways has launched its new three flights-a-week service to Singapore and Brisbane.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 29 Sep 2007, 8:49 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:45 PM

Flight EY470 took-off on schedule yesterday morning from Abu Dhabi airport at 10.05 am bound for Singapore before heading onwards to the Queensland state capital of Brisbane.

Demand has been great for the new flights to Singapore and Brisbane with the seat factor for both destinations approaching 70 per cent in economy class and 65 per cent in business class for the month of October.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "Etihad continues to expand its global flight network offering our customers frequent connections to many of the world's most popular business and leisure destinations. The UAE is building strong commercial and cultural ties with Singapore and the Australian state of Queensland and the new Etihad flights will give these ties a significant boost."

Singapore is Etihad's fifth destination in the Far East to add to Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur, which was launched in January 2007. Brisbane is the airline's second destination in Australia following the successful Sydney route which started in March this year.

Other new Etihad destinations which have been launched in 2007 include Dublin and Milan as well as the southern Indian cities of Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram.

Etihad operates a two cabin Airbus A330-200 from Abu Dhabi to Singapore and Brisbane. The aircraft is configured to carry 262 passengers, with 22 in business class and 240 in economy.

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