Starting on Oct.10, UAE air carrier Etihad Airways will offer new routes connecting Abu Dhabi and Guangzhou. It will therefore become the first international airline to operate long-haul passenger services to all of the top three Chinese gateways (Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou) since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The twice-weekly passenger service to Guangzhou will use a Boeing B777 aircraft. The flight is scheduled to depart from Abu Dhabi at 23:00 local time and land in Guangzhou at 10:25 (+1) on Mondays and Fridays. The return flight will leave from Guangzhou at 18:40 local time and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 22:40 on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The new route is added to existing services to Shanghai, which resumed in July 2020 and Beijing, which resumed in June. With the adding of new services, Etihad Airways is expected to operate four weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and China: two services per week to Guangzhou and weekly services to Beijing and Shanghai.