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Mon 6 Dec 2010 02:48 PM

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Cathay Pacific adds Abu Dhabi to network

Hong Kong airline adds second UAE destination; CEO Tony Tyler resigns

Cathay Pacific adds Abu Dhabi to network
NEW DESTINATION: Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific has added Abu Dhabi to its flight network

Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific will service Abu Dhabi for the first time from June 2011, when it flies four weekly services to the UAE capital.

Cathay already connects Hong Kong and the nearby Pearl River Delta industrial heartland with the UAE via its double-daily Dubai service.

The route will be served by an A330-300 with a two-class configuration.

The carrier also announced that CEO Tony Tyler would step down from his position at the end of March 2011, and will be replaced by chief operating officer John Slosar.

Tyler will take on leadership of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), currently headed up by director general and CEO Giovanni Bisignani.

“This announcement comes as a result of Abu Dhabi Airports Company [ADAC] aggressive route development strategy and the close cooperation with Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority in demonstrating the benefits to the Cathay Pacific from the major economic and tourism transformation underway in Abu Dhabi,” said ADAC chairman Khalifa Al Mazrouei.

Cathay’s service to Abu Dhabi will begin on 2 June.

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