Etihad to fly to Moscow in Dec

ABU DHABI - Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said it plans to add its first destinations in the former Soviet Union and to expand in Australia to transit more passengers through the Gulf and attract more people to the United Arab Emirates.

By (Reuters)

Published: Fri 28 Mar 2008, 12:35 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:24 PM

The airline, owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, plans to fly to Moscow in December, the Kazakh city of Almaty next year and then to the Belarus capital, Minsk, Etihad Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said in an interview yesterday.

The carrier, which flies to 44 destinations as far apart as New York and Beijing, also plans to increase the number of flights on its Sydney and Brisbane routes, and add Melbourne - and either Perth or Adelaide, Hogan said in Abu Dhabi.

“Our aim is to offer the best connections that will give a significant boost to the strong commercial ties between Abu Dhabi and these places,” said Hogan.

Gulf Arab airlines have been buying billions of dollars’ worth of aircraft, capitalising on their location between Europe, East Asia and Africa to expand the region as a hub for international passenger traffic and take market share from rivals such as British Airways Plc and Qantas Airways.

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