ETIHAD AIRWAYS TO FLY TO BRAZIL
ETIHAD AIRWAYS TO FLY TO BRAZIL
Etihad Airways today, Sunday 3 June, unveiled plans to fly to Brazil, the airline’s first South American destination.
“Brazil is a logical next step for us and will mark the sixth continent we serve and our coming of age as a truly global airline,” James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said.
The daily Sao Paulo flights will start in June, 2013. The service will be the first direct air link between Abu Dhabi and any South American country and will mean Etihad Airways serves all of the BRIC* high growth nations.
Brazil is the world’s sixth largest economy, having overtaken the UK in 2011. It is the largest country in South America and has the biggest population, at almost 200 million. Its trade and tourism will be boosted by its hosting of both the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.
Mr Hogan said: “Business and tourism flows between the United Arab Emirates and Brazil have been growing and will be strengthened by our daily direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo.”
Brazil’s Ambassador to the UAE, HE João de Mendonça Lima Neto, said: “I congratulate Etihad Airways on today’s announcement that it will open a daily direct flight between Abu Dhabi, and São Paulo, the commercial and financial centre of Brazil.
“We are witnessing significant growth in the bilateral relations between Brazil and the UAE and we are certain that Etihad Airways flights will create new opportunities for government, trade, tourism and cultural exchanges.”
Brazil’s Minister of Tourism, Mr Gastão Dias Vieira, said: “These direct flights by Etihad Airways provides yet another link for our people, cultures and business.
“Brazil and the UAE share a positive relationship halfway across the globe, marked by an open political dialogue, thriving trade and investments, and an increasing number of travellers.
“Even before the inaugural flight, our country has already been part of Etihad’s success story, as many Brazilian pilots and flight attendants have joined the company over the years.”
More than 50 Brazilian nationals work for Etihad Airways, including 18 pilots and 27 cabin crew. All are based in the UAE.
Mr Vieira added: “Brazil is an exciting new destination for Etihad travellers. As the host to both the 2014 FIFA Football World Cup and 2016 Olympics, Brazil boasts opportunities for leisure and business. Beaches with world-class resorts, thrilling eco-adventure destinations or cities with a bustling nightlife cater to all preferences of tourist travellers.
“At the same time, Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies of the world and offers a wide array of opportunities for trade and investment. São Paulo is a vibrant city and a preferred business destination in Latin America. As the first Etihad destination in the region, it is also a gateway for neighbouring countries.
“Congratulations to Etihad Airways for the initiative and welcome to Brazil.”
Brazil is currently the UAE’s fourth largest trading partner with bi-lateral trade between the two countries valued at US$2.85 billion. Authorities hope to lift this to US$10 billion within five years.
There are 25 major Brazilian companies with offices in Abu Dhabi, and the UAE buys sugar, soya beans, meat, aircraft, heavy oils, tractors and construction vehicles from the South American country.
Exports from the UAE to Brazil include oil rigs, aviation fuel, steel, aluminium goods and plastics.
Etihad Airways’ service will also provide seamless connections from Brazil to the airline’s global network and offer greater connectivity over Abu Dhabi to markets in the Gulf Co-operation Council, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia.
The flights will begin on 1 June 2013 operated by a three class A340-600 aircraft, offering 12 Diamond First class, 32 Pearl Business class and 248 Coral Economy seats - a total 2,044 seats per week.
Already in 2012 Etihad Airways has announced the launch of non-stop daily flights to Washington, D.C., Basra, Lagos, Addis Ababa, the Indian city of Ahmedabad and Vietnam.
These cities are part of the airline’s 10-year network growth plan which will see Etihad Airways fly to up to 100 destinations with a fleet of more than 150 aircraft by 2020.
* The BRIC group is made up of Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Proposed flight schedule:
Flight # Departs Departure Time Arrives Arrival Time Frequency Duration
EY171 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 9.45am Sao Paulo (GRU) 5.55pm Daily 15hr
EY170 Sao Paulo (GRU) 12.35am Abu Dhabi (AUH) 8.20pm Daily 14hr
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About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2011 carried 8.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, with a fleet of 66 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and 100 aircraft on order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also owns nearly 30 per cent of airberlin, Europe’s sixth largest airline, and 40 per cent of Air Seychelles. For more information, please visit: www.etihadairways.com.