Etihad operates to Cuba for the first time ever

Etihad Airways B777-300ER

Etihad operates to Cuba for the first time ever. This was one of the many goodwill flights operated by the Abu Dhabi based airline. Etihad Airways doesn’t have a scheduled service to Havana, Cuba. The airline has operated to 32 offline destinations and a total of 2500 flights to 101 cities since March 24th.

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First time to Cuba

Etihad operates to Cuba for the first time ever. This flight was a goodwill flight operated by Etihad which was chartered by the UAE government. The airline carried Cuban citizens who wanted to return to Cuba from UAE. Havana, destination to which Etihad operated to isn’t normally served by the airline.

Etihad Airways at Cuba for the first time
Etihad Airways operated to Havana, Cuba for the first time ever using its B777-300ER aircraft. Photo: Etihad Airways

The flight was operated using its B777-300ER aircraft registered as A6-ETG. The flight time from Abu Dhabi to Havana was just over 15 hours. This was one of the many humanitarian and goodwill flights operated by the airline.

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Repatriation and goodwill flights

Etihad Airways operated several humanitarian flights to 32 cities around the world. These cities aren’t served by passenger or cargo flights of Etihad. These cities are Bogota, Bucharest, Grozny, Kiev, Larnaca, Podgorica, Tirana, Yerevan, Zagreb, Auckland, Bhubaneswar, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Dhaka, Erbil, Kabul, Lucknow, Makhachkala, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Bamako, Banjul, Conakry, Freetown, Harare, Kinshasa, Moroni, N’Djamena, Niamey, and Nouakchott.The airline also operated a special humanitarian flight carrying essential medical and cargo for the Palestinian territory.

“All of us at Etihad feel a collective sense of pride, and humility, in the knowledge that we have been able to fully mobilise our resources at a time of great difficulty and suffering, to provide essential aerial lifelines to those in need. We have been able to move with agility and fly to territories never served by us prior to the current global lockdown, so we can aid in the repatriation of people.

Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Etihad Aviation Group Senior Vice President Government, International and Communications had said in a statement

The airline also operated special passenger and cargo flights including charters to further 32 places. The airline now is slowly starting regular operations with global easing of lockdowns.

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