Etihad Airways takes flight to Guangzhou, China

The new twice-weekly service will be operated via a two-class Boeing 777.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has China in its hand as it recently launched its first-ever scheduled flights linking Abu Dhabi and Guangzhou.

The inaugural flight, EY868, departed Abu Dhabi on 10 October, but not a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place, attended by representatives from the Chinese Embassy to the UAE, Abu Dhabi Airports Company, Miral Asset Management and Etihad Aviation Group.

The flight touched down at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport on 11 October at 10.25am (local time), making Etihad the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger services to the top three Chinese gateways – Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou – since the start of the pandemic.

To highlight Guangzhou’s reputation as “the spiritual home of Cantonese cuisine”, and to appreciate the cultural diversity within Etihad’s in-house hospitality team, the event offered a tapestry of cuisines, consisting of several signature dim sum and Arabic-style canapés jointly created by Etihad Airways Chef Murray Reason and Capital Hospitality Executive Chef Imad Soboh.

The evening gave a glimpse into the fascinating culinary experiences every business and leisure traveller can enjoy on board Etihad flights.

Flight EY868 marks the launch of scheduled services between Abu Dhabi and Guangzhou, growing Etihad’s network to 67 destinations across 45 countries.

The new twice-weekly service will be operated via a two-class Boeing 777.

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Derek Issacs

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