Lahore: Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating five years of its non-stop services between Paris and Abu Dhabi.
The airline commenced operations to the French capital in May 2006, and since then has carried more than 770,000 travellers and nearly 51,500 tons of cargo on the route.
The Abu Dhabi-Paris route has enjoyed average passenger loads of 75 per cent over its first five years and has grown to 77 per cent so far in 2011.
The amount of cargo carried has tripled since the start of operations to France, from 5,000 tons to 15,000 tons annually.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our Paris operation has exceeded our expectations over the past five years, and we are pleased to be able to build on this success with the additional frequency we put in place in July this year, going double-daily.
This year we will carry 200,000 travellers on the Abu Dhabi-Paris route, up 16 per cent from 173,000 in 2010. By April 2012, we expect to have carried one million travellers overall on the route since its inception.
The state-of-the-art aircraft used on the Abu Dhabi–Paris sector ensure Etihad guests enjoy the in-flight comfort and operational reliability of one of the world’s youngest fleets. Paris is one of the top destinations on Etihad’s network of 72 destinations.
“We remain committed to building the Etihad brand in the French market, offering customers great choice, connectivity, and value.
Working closely with our new code share partner SNCF French Railways, the travel industry, the business community and governments, we look forward to deepening the strong relationship between France and the United Arab Emirates.”
With daily flights to Abu Dhabi, travellers from Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar can now avail of this opportunity to visit Paris. From Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways flies twice to Paris every day, making a visit to Paris all the more easier.
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