13 Jun 2013 06:00
Demand for Etihad Airways’ new Sao Paulo flights continues to grow as air travellers take advantage of the airline’s world class service and product, and flight connections from its Abu Dhabi hub, James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer said today.
national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched its non-stop three
flights per week service between Sao Paulo, its first destination in South
America, and Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital, on 1 June.
Mr Hogan said: “Our services to Sao Paulo provide
the first direct air link between the commercial centres of Sao Paulo and Abu Dhabi, which support the growing
economic, tourism and trade relations between Brazil and the UAE.
“Current and forward bookings for our flights
demonstrate the clear demand that exists from business and leisure travel segments
for this service. Brazilian air travellers also clearly appreciate the warmth
and hospitality onboard Etihad Airways’ flights.”
Etihad Airways now connects Brazil-based air
travellers, via Abu Dhabi, with popular destinations across the Arabian Gulf,
North Africa and the Levant, as well as further east in China and Japan and
Building upon its reputation of connecting
communities around the world, Etihad Airways will provide a strong link for the
Japanese population in Sao Paulo, the largest Japanese community outside Japan,
flying to Nagoya and Tokyo.
Furthermore demand is already strong from the Arab
community in Sao Paulo, predominantly made up by residents of Syrian and
Lebanese descent, who can now fly to the UAE, Arabian Gulf and Levant with
Connections to these destinations, which have
strong cultural and historical ties with Brazil, will be strengthened further
from 27 October as the Etihad Airways operation moves to daily flights.
Currently flights operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Rashed Al Kaitoob, UAE ambassador to Brazil, said: “These direct flights by
Etihad Airways will create new opportunities for government, trade and tourism
between both countries to develop and flourish.”
is one of the fastest growing economies of the world and offers a wide array of
opportunities for trade and investment. It is also currently the UAE’s 17th
largest trading partner with bilateral trade between the two countries valued
at US$2.85 billion and both governments hope to increase this
to US$10 billion within five years.”
João de Mendonça Lima Neto, the Brazilian Ambassador to the UAE said: “The
Brazilian Government welcomes Etihad Airways’ decision to start direct flights
linking Abu Dhabi to São Paulo. This initiative will strengthen our bilateral
ties, contributing to the promotion of trade, investment and tourism.
UAE is a vibrant, rapidly diversifying economy, offering a wealth of
opportunities for trade and investment that cannot be overlooked by Brazilian
businessmen. Moreover, the UAE’s strategic location, between Asia, Europe and
Africa and its solid and modern infrastructure, constitutes a vital gateway to
the countries in those continents.
for tourism, Brazilians will find in the UAE, and in Abu Dhabi in particular,
first class hotels, restaurants and shopping malls and unsurpassed leisure
activities,” he said.
Etihad Airways serves the Abu Dhabi – Sao Paulo,
route with ultra-long range Airbus A340-500 aircraft, seating 240 passengers in
a spacious three-class cabin – 12 in Diamond First Class, 28 in Pearl Business Class,
and 200 in Coral Economy Class.
Extending its capability, Etihad Cargo’s newly announced
round-the-world freighter routing, in conjunction with Atlas Air Worldwide,
includes the Brazilian city of Viracopos.