Etihad Airways celebrates 10 years in Canada


Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – The Americas and Craig Thomas, General Manager – Canada

Toronto, November 6 (CINEWS): Ten years passed by really quickly and to celebrate the much celebrated airline’s growing presence in the country, the management held a cocktail reception at Toronto’s Four Seasons hotel. Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – The Americas and Craig Thomas, General Manager – Canada of Etihad Airways were on hand to meet and welcome the many important guests who graced the occasion. Among the prominent invites were His Excellency Mohammed Saif Helal Al Shehhi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates; Sultan Ali al-Harbi, Consul General of the United Arab Emirates Embassy as well as dozens of heads of travel agencies. A crooner belted out some smooth jazz and over cocktails and canapes, there was plenty of networking happening all evening. Naturally in ten years the airline has grown phenomenally and it has only just got started.
Today Etihad Airways has grown its Canadian operations to include three flights each week out of Toronto Pearson Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with 40 Business seats and 340 Economy seats.
Starting May 1st, 2016, Etihad Airways, will operate its award-winning Airbus A380 between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai, with India’s commercial capital joining the carrier’s other A380 destinations of London, New York, Sydney and, from June 2016, Melbourne.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline’s 496-seat A380 features the only three-room suite in commercial aviation – The Residence by Etihad – as well as nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios, and 415 Economy Smart Seats.
The aircraft will operate daily on flight EY204 from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai, and EY203 from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi, both of which carry the 9W code of Jet Airways, Etihad Airways’ strategic partner. The flights connect seamlessly with Etihad Airways’ A380-operated services to New York, allowing guests to experience the double-decker aircraft throughout their journey.
Guests onboard Etihad Airways’ A380 service will also have access to popular connecting destinations over Abu Dhabi such as Chicago, San Francisco or Toronto in North America, and Bahrain, Doha or Jeddah in the Gulf region.
With a total capacity of 496 seats, the A380 has 50 per cent more seats than the Boeing B777-300ER it replaces, offering more options for tourism growth into India, USA and Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways is carrying an increasing number of air travellers from the Middle East, Africa, Europe and The Americas to cities across India, helping drive economic growth throughout the country, and not just the metropolitan areas. In 2014, nearly one million guests who travelled on Etihad Airways’ India flights began their journey from outside the country, representing almost 70 per cent of total passengers who flew to and from India with the Abu Dhabi-based airline.
Through the partnership with Jet Airways, guests flying into India are able to connect to numerous tourism and commercial destinations across the country.
Whether it is for business or pleasure, there is no denying that Etihad Airways means business.

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