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Etihad start new schedule

Etihad Airways is set to launch a new summer flying programme, which will be 47% larger than the previous year's.

Etihad Airways is set to launch a new summer flying programme, which will be 47% larger than the previous year's.

The new schedule, which is set to begin on March 30, will operate a total of 728 weekly flights, an increase of 234 from summer 2007.

New service routes include Beijing, which will start at the end of March and Calicut in India, which will be launched in June.

In addition, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier will increase the frequency of its flights to destinations within the UAE, Middle East, Europe, Indian sub-continent, Africa and Asian Pacific.

Etihad Airways' chief executive, James Hogan said: "We're not just improving the quality of our flights but also the connections. The number of onward transfers which can now be made in less than two hours will increase by 21% while connections which can be made within two to three hours will increase by a further 13%."

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