02 Jun 2013 09:00
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has launched non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo, Brazil, the airline’s first destination in South America.
The first flight
touched down at Guarulhos International Airport yesterday at 4:35pm local Sao
Paulo time, operated by an Airbus A340-500 aircraft.
The new Brazil service
marks Etihad Airways’ entry into its sixth continent and an important move in
increasing its presence across BRIC* high growth nations. Brazil has the
world’s sixth largest economy – larger than that of the UK – and it is the
largest country in South America with the biggest population, almost 200
The new flights mark
the airline’s commercial entry into Brazil, though the company has
long-standing ties to the country.
Etihad Airways’ first
ever commercial flight (to Beirut) ten years ago used a
wet-leased aircraft, operated by a Brazilian crew.
Several of those first
cabin crew and pilots are still working with the Abu Dhabi-based airline, which
has since become the World’s Leading Airline** with its own fleet of 77 modern
operates an Airbus A340-500 aircraft to Sao Paulo, seating a total of 240
passengers across three cabins – 12 in Diamond First, 28 Pearl Business and 200
Coral Economy class seats.
* The BRIC group is
made up of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
* World Travel
Awards 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.