In an effort to generate business opportunities within the Chinese market, Etihad Aviation Group (EGA) is participating at the First China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China.
Under the theme of Embracing China, Expanding Partnership, the Abu Dhabi-based aviation and travel group has set up a 100sqm dedicated stand at the Trade in Services sector in the Business Pavilion area.
The group is showcasing its various business divisions, which in addition to the main airline includes cargo services, aviation training, MRO capabilities, as well as event and leisure planning services.
Tony Douglas, Etihad Aviation Group CEO, said: “China is a strategically important market for Etihad. We have steadily and sustainably grown our presence in this country since we first entered the market in 2008.
“Currently, we operate daily flights between Abu Dhabi and China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong –and dedicated 777 freighter services between Abu Dhabi and two key trading ports in China: Shanghai and Hong Kong.”
Serving as a key trading partner for the UAE, China’s non-oil trade with the GCC country is projected to rise by more than 9% in 2018 to reach $58bn. Additionally, China is among the top-five countries that maintain close trade relations with Abu Dhabi.
Ahmed Al Qubaisi, SVP, Government and International Affairs, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Airways demonstrated strong leadership and commitment during Chinese President Xi’s visit to the UAE in July by organizing a series of cultural and commercial activities to celebrate our ties with China, one of the most important markets on Etihad’s global network.
“Participating in the First CIIE and showcasing the comprehensive offerings across various business functions demonstrates again our determination for further development in China,” added Al Qubaisi.
Running from the 5 – 10 November 2018, CIIE will host over 2,800 companies from across 130 countries and an estimated 150,000 buyers will reportedly be in attendance over the six-day event.