10 JUNE 2013


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Article from BTNews 10 JUNE 2013

Etihad to Brazil

Sao Paulo (Brazil) is Etihad Airways’ latest route from Abu Dhabi and the airline’s first destination in South America.
The new service marks the airline’s entry into its sixth continent and sees the route as an important move in increasing its presence in some of the world’s fastest growing economies.  It is the largest country in South America and also has the biggest population, almost 200m.
The new flights mark the airline’s commercial entry into Brazil, though the company has long-standing ties to the country.  Etihad Airways’ first ever commercial flight (to Beirut) 10 years ago used a wet-leased aircraft, operated by a Brazilian crew.  Several of those first cabin crew and pilots are still working with the Abu Dhabi-based airline.

Etihad Airways operates an Airbus A340-500 aircraft to Sao Paulo, seating a total of 240 passengers across three cabins – 12 in Diamond First, 28 Pearl Business and 200 Coral Economy class seats.  Flight time is around 15 hours. www.etihad.com

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