Etihad Airways to launch daily non-stop flights to Perth

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Etihad Airways is to launch daily, non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Perth on 15 July. The airline will operate an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 262 seats – 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 in Coral Economy Class on the route. Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said: “We are confident our new services will boost travel and trade between the UAE and Western Australia, and strengthen our presence in Australia, where we already serve Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with great success.” The new flights to Perth will deliver an extra 3,668 seats between Abu Dhabi and Etihad Airways’ global flight network and Australia. Australia’s Ambassador to the UAE Pablo Kang, said: “Trade between the UAE and Australia is important and growing. Trade increased by 25% in 2013 to A$6.4 billion, making the UAE Australia’s 13th largest export market and 15th largest trading partner worldwide.” Commissioner Western Australian Trade Office – Middle East Africa, Pankaj Savara, added: “The new service will bring more visitors and tourists to the State and help develop Perth as a major international air tourism and transport hub. It will also help open new markets, enhance Western Australia’s economy and encourage students from the Middle East to study at Perth universities and education institutions.”