Etihad breaks records in first quarter

Etihad Airways has carried 1.4 million passengers during the first three months of 2008, a 40% increase from the previous year.

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Etihad Airways has carried 1.4 million passengers during the first three months of 2008, a 40% increase from the previous year.

The Abu-Dhabi-based airline is on track to achieve its target of carrying six million passengers by the end of the year.

Etihad has launched one new destination this year, with flights to Bejing in March. By the summer the carrier will be flying to more Indian destinations including Kozhikode and Chennai. In addition the airline is increasing the frequency of its flights to several key destinations within the GCC, Middle East, Europe, Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Asia Pacific region.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "The performance of the premium cabins has certainly been one of the most pleasing features of quarter one. These figures provide positive evidence that the continued investment we are placing during 2008 upon improving the products and services we offer our premium customers is paying dividends."

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