Etihad A340-500Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its global route network next year with 9 new destinations.

The fast-growing Caucasus region will be a major focus area for the airline next year, with a new service to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, being operated four times a week from 1 October, while Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, will be served three times a week from 2 October.

Etihad Airways will also commence a daily service to Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania, from 1 December 2015.

Flights to all three destinations will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft in a two-class configuration, with a total of 16 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

The airline will commence services to Phuket (Thailand), as well as San Francisco and Dallas (United States) over the remainder of 2014.

During the first half of 2015, daily flights will commence to the European capitals of Madrid (Spain) and Edinburgh (Scotland), together with the historic state capital of Kolkata (India) and one of the most important business and government centres in East Africa, Entebbe (Uganda).

The airline will also operate four flights a week to the world-class tourism and economic hub, Hong Kong, and three flights a week to Algeria’s vibrant capital and largest city, Algiers.

In addition, Etihad Airways’ existing daily flights to Brisbane (Australia), currently operated via Singapore, will become a direct service from June 2015, offering the first non-stop connection between the city and Abu Dhabi. The route will be operated using a three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the airline’s brand new First Suite, Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat.