July 24, 2008

Etihad to Launch Non-Stop Service to Kazakhstan

Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch a new non-stop service to Almaty in Kazakhstan from its Abu Dhabi home base in the United Arab Emirates, beginning from December 2, 2008.

The airline will operate the new non-stop service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday. Etihad will operate the new service using a two-class Airbus A319 configured to carry 104 passengers with 20 seats in business class and 84 in economy class.

James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways, said: "Foreign companies are investing heavily in Kazakhstan and we anticipate substantial demand for our flights, not just between Almaty and Abu Dhabi but also onward onto the rest of our network. As two major oil-producing countries, strong links already exist between the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan, which Etihad is very keen to develop further."