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Etihad to launch flights to Lagos from July 1

Flights will link Abu Dhabi and Lagos six times a week

Etihad to launch flights to Lagos from July 1
Etihad Airways has announced the launch of flights to Lagos

Etihad Airways
has announced the launch of flights to Lagos, the airline's first destination in
West Africa, from July 1, subject to regulatory approvals.

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 Airways' global
network and the return flights will create a new link between Nigeria, Africa's
third largest economy, and the United Arab Emirates.

Following the
launch of services to the Seychelles in November 2011, Tripoli last month and
Nairobi in April, the addition of Nigeria marks another milestone in Etihad
Airways' 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 country is rich in natural
resources, such as oil and natural gas. Our new point-to-point services will
strengthen the oil and gas links between the UAE and Nigeria and facilitate
further growth in these industries.

"The country is also enjoying strong
economic growth driven by significant foreign investment, particularly from
China, which means there is increasing demand for travel between Lagos and other
emerging economies.

"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."

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