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Etihad Airways To Commence Direct Services From Beijing To Abu Dhabi
(29 November 2020)
Non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond now from two gateways in China - Shanghai and Beijing

Etihad Airways will commence another service from China, with flights from Beijing to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, from 7 December. The service will operate with a weekly flight using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring Etihad’s award-winning Business and Economy cabins. 
Etihad resumed services between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai in late July this year, which has helped meet the large demand from travellers in the UAE, China, and other countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. With the second weekly flight added to Etihad’s global network, the airline becomes the only carrier in the MENA region operating non-stop passenger flights departing from both Shanghai and Beijing.   

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “China continues to be a strategically important market for Etihad and resuming an additional passenger route connecting China with Abu Dhabi is a welcome development.Being granted the rights to operate the second weekly flight by the Chinese government was huge recognition of the unrelenting joint efforts by the airline, testing institutions in the UAE, and the authorities in both countries, in the battle against COVID-19.

“Etihad is tremendously grateful for the support of the authorities, its customers and partners, and its employees in these most challenging of times, and Etihad stands ready to fly more frequently to China when possible.”     

As a mid-sized, full-service carrier, Etihad will continue to follow this positioning. The airline will strengthen its focus on its core values of safety, security, and service, and will continue developing its industry-leading Etihad Wellness health and hygiene programme, prioritising innovation and sustainability, which are essential to the future of the airline. 

Flight Schedule – effective 7 December 2020(all times local) 








EY  889 



Abu Dhabi 


Boeing 787-9 


Those wishing to book are advised to visit to view their options, and to remain informed on the appropriate entry regulations at their end destination. Flights are also available for booking through the mobile app, by calling the Etihad Airways Contact Centre on +971 600 555 666 (UAE) and 400 8822 050 (Mainland China), or through a local or online travel agency. A list of other local Etihad contact centres is available at

Important notice 

All guests travelling from Abu Dhabi to China must meet Etihad testing requirements according to their UAE residency status. Please read our testing requirements at ensure that you are able to take the required tests before travelling to the airport. You must have a COVID-19 PCR test and IgM test before your flight. Testing requirements differ for UAE residents and non-UAE residents:

If you are a UAE resident, you are required to:

  • Show a copy of your residence visa at check-in
  • Conduct a COVID-19 PCR test and IgM test 48 hours before your departure at a G42 or SEHA facility in the UAE
  • Submit your negative test results to the Chinese embassy for a Health Code, which you will also be required to present at check-in 

If you are not a UAE resident, you are required to:

  • Conduct a COVID-19 PCR test seven days before departure at a G42 or SEHA facility in the UAE
  • Conduct a PCR test and IgM test 48 hours before departure at a G42 or SEHA facility in the UAE – you must present your seven-day test result to be able to have your 48-hour test
  • Negative results should be submitted to the Chinese embassy for a Health Code, which you will also be required to present at check-in
  • Present a copy of your seven-day and 48-hour test results at check-in 

For guests travelling from China, it is mandatory to have a COVID-19 PCR test no earlier than 96 hours before you fly with Etihad Airways. For more up-to-date Etihad travel regulations, please visit

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