Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline, is set to expand its services to India with the launch of two *** routes from Abu Dhabi to Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) and Kochi (Cochin) in the southern Indian state of Kerala.
* Flights from Abu Dhabi to Thiruvananthapuram will begin from 31st May, 2007
* Etihad will operate Tri-weekly to Thiruvananthapuram and the routes are expected to increase to daily flights from October 2007.
* Etihad will operate a three cabin Airbus A340-500 aircraft to Thiruvananthapuram, with the capacity to carry 240 passengers with 12 in first class (diamond zone), 28 in business class (pearl zone) and 200 in economy (coral zone)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory is setting up its India operations in collaboration with Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram. The laboratory is in the final stages of a $350-million project to provide a modern campus for the next generation of `great science.'
Frost and Sullivan estimates that the R&D outsourcing market in India will grow from $1.3 billion to about $9 billion by the year 2010.
The latest entrant into this happening sector is a science and technology laboratory behemoth in the US - Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). It is setting up its India operations in collaboration with Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram.