June 18 - 24, 2007

The Pakistan operations to Brussels have started from 4th June, with departure from Karachi on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays at 23:00 hrs [PST], connecting Abu Dhabi to Brussels on Wednesday, Friday, and Monday, at 13:35 with arrival in Brussels at 1845 (BST).

Departure from Lahore is on Sunday, at 22:00 [PST] connecting Abu Dhabi to Brussels on Monday at 13:35, with arrival in Brussels at 1845 [BST]. There is also a departure on Tuesday and Thursday at 14:30 which connects with Abu Dhabi Brussels Flight on Wednesday and Friday with arrival in Brussels at 18:45 [BST].

Departure from Islamabad will be on Tuesday and Thursday at 18:45 [PST], connecting Abu Dhabi to Brussels at 13:35 on Wednesday and Friday and arriving in Brussels at 18:45 [BST]. Departure on Sunday at 14:30 [BST] connecting Abu Dhabi to Brussels on Monday at 13:35 will arrival in Brussels at 18:45 [BST].

The first non-stop service from Pakistan to Toronto started on 2nd June 2007. The Flight leaves Karachi on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at 23:00 hrs [PST] to Abu Dhabi, and will leave for Toronto within 2 hours at 02:05 reaching Toronto at 08:40 local time. Departure from Lahore will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 22:00 [PST] connecting Abu Dhabi to Toronto after 1 hr at 02:05 with arrival in Toronto at 08:40 [CST].

Departure from Islamabad is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 14:30 [PST] arriving in Abu Dhabi at 17:00, and connecting to Toronto on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday at 02:05 and arriving in Toronto at 08:40 [CST].

Etihad Airways' passengers can now fly non-stop from Abu Dhabi to both Brussels and Toronto following the airline's decision to spilt the three times-a-week joint flight.

The Abu Dhabi to Toronto, via Brussels, service has been one of Etihad's most popular routes since its launch in October 2005 with aircraft seat sales averaging more than 80 per cent.

Furthermore, in order to strengthen its global network of flights Etihad will increase to daily the frequency of both destinations once it has gained the necessary government approvals.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "In order to compete with the world's best airlines it is vital that Etihad offers non-stop flights to the world's top destinations."

"These new non-stop services from Abu Dhabi to Brussels and Toronto support Etihad's pledge to provide our customers with a frequent and comprehensive international network of flights."

A delegation of senior Etihad management, including James Hogan, Wayne Pearce, EVP strategy and planning, and Khaled Al Mehairbi, VP government and international affairs, travelled to Toronto on the inaugural non-stop flight.

The delegation attended the World Air Transport Summit and the IATA (International Air Transport Association) annual general meeting in Vancouver.


Etihad Airways has appointed Maen Abdulhalim as its new regional general manager for the Middle East and Africa.

Based at Etihad's Abu Dhabi head office, Mr Abdulhalim is responsible for the airline's sales and revenue management for 14 of the airline's destinations in the Middle East, Levant and Africa.

He has nearly 20 years of airline sales and travel management experience acquired at Gulf Air and other industry-renowned companies across the Middle East.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "We welcome Maen to Etihad and he joins at one of the most exciting times in our short history. Etihad has a strong flight network in the Middle East and Africa and Maen will be central to us looking to grow further in these important regions."

Prior to joining Etihad, Mr Abdulhalim held the position as Gulf Air's general manager in the UAE where he was responsible for the airline's commercial activities. He also held the position of GM for Tanzania between 2003 and 2004 and Lebanon between 2004 and 2005.

Mr Abdulhalim said: "I am thrilled to be joining Etihad Airways and work at the very centre of the airline's operations in Abu Dhabi. It is also a great honour to be responsible for the commercial activities in more than a third of Etihad's global flight network."

Mr Abdulhalim started in his new role on 4 June and has taken over the responsibilities for the Middle East and Africa region from Ian Lovelock who has been appointed to the role of Etihad's regional general manager for sales operations.