Etihad flies to China

Etihad Airways is launching a new service to Beijing on March 30.

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Etihad Airways is launching a new service to Beijing on March 30.

When the service begins, a two class Airbus A330-200 will fly from the airline's Abu Dhabi home-base to the Chinese capital four times a week.

In a bid to encourage Oman based customers to visit China and improve air links between the two countries, Etihad has launched promotional fares from Muscat to Beijing. The introductory flights can be booked one month after the service is first launched from Abu Dhabi and prices will start at US$488 for an economy class ticket.

Jaffar Al Lawati, Etihad Airways' Oman manager, commented on the service at a recent Media event in Muscat. He said: "Beijing will be Etihad's eighth destination in its rapidly expanding flight network in the Asia-Pacific region." The airline already provides services to Brisbane, Sydney, Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok. Al Lawati added: "There is a huge appetite from business and leisure travellers for flights to Beijing, especially ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games and we look forward to bringing Oman and china closer together."

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