Etihad Airways, the national flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), launched a direct air route between Ho Chi Minh City and Abu Dhabi on October 2.

The airline uses Airbus A330-200 aircraft with a capacity of 22 business-class and 240 economy-class seats for the daily flights.

The flights are expected to depart from HCM City at 8:15 am and arrive in Abu Dhabi after seven hours of flying time.

Etihad Airways Chairman and CEO James Hogan said the flights will help meet the travelling demand for tourism and business purposes as well as cargo transportation between Vietnam’s bustling trade hub of HCM City and the UAE, the Middle East and the EU.

With over 80 airplanes, the UAE’s carrier now offers passenger and cargo transportation services to 94 destinations across the world, and will increase its destinations to 150 by 2020, according to Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner.-VNA