13 FEBRUARY 2012


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Article from BTNews 13 FEBRUARY 2012

Etihad continues African expansion

Lagos (Nigeria) is to be Etihad’s first destination in West Africa from 1 July, subject to regulatory approval.  The direct flights will link Abu Dhabi and Lagos six times a week and will be operated by a two-class A330-200 aircraft with 22 Pearl Business Class and 240 Coral Economy seats.  Lagos becomes the 83rd destination in Etihad’s global network, the seven-hour-plus flights competing with an established Arik Air operation.

Following the launch of services to the Seychelles in November 2011, Tripoli last month and Nairobi in April, the addition of Nigeria is another milestone in Etihad’s African expansion plans.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The launch of services to Lagos is consistent with our strategy of targeting areas of strong growth in emerging markets.

“The United Arab Emirates is a major trade partner of Nigeria, which has a population of more than 150 million people, the largest in Africa and the seventh biggest in the world.

“The Lagos schedule will provide seamless connections over Abu Dhabi to key North and Southeast Asian destinations and markets in the Indian Subcontinent and Australia.” www.etihad.com

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