Etihad to launch direct Beijing service

30 Nov 2020 by Business Traveller Middle East

Etihad Airways will resume another direct flight from China to Abu Dhabi on Monday December 7 with a daily flight to Beijing.

The weekly service will be operated by a two-class (economy and business) B787 Dreamliner.

Etihad resumed services between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai in late July this year, which has helped meet strong demand from travellers in the UAE, China and other countries in the Middle East, Europe and Africa, said the carrier.

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “China continues to be a strategically important market for Etihad and resuming an additional passenger route connecting China with Abu Dhabi is a welcome development. Being granted the rights to operate the second weekly flight by the Chinese government was huge recognition of the unrelenting joint efforts by the airline, testing institutions in the UAE, and the authorities in both countries, in the battle against COVID-19.

“Etihad is tremendously grateful for the support of the authorities, its customers and partners, and its employees in these most challenging of times, and Etihad stands ready to fly more frequently to China when possible.”

With the second weekly flight added to Etihad’s global network, the airline becomes the only carrier in the MENA region operating non-stop passenger flights departing from both Shanghai and Beijing.

All guests travelling from Abu Dhabi to China must meet Etihad testing requirements according to their UAE residency status, with details found at

The airline is reminding UAE passengers they must take a COVID-19 PCR test and IgM test before their flight and that test requirements differ for UAE residents and non-UAE residents.

For guests travelling from China, it is mandatory to have a COVID-19 PCR test no earlier than 96 hours before you fly with Etihad Airways.

Flight Schedule – effective 7 December 2020 (all times local)

Flight  Departure  Time  Arrival  Time  Aircraft  Frequency
EY  889 Beijing 00:30 Abu Dhabi 05:30 Boeing 787-9 Mondays
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