Etihad to double flights to New York


Etihad Airways will double its flights between Abu Dhabi and New York City, introducing a second daily service on March 1.

The new flights will complement the airline’s current 10:30 a.m. departure to New York, and passengers travelling from New York to Abu Dhabi and beyond will now have the option of a late morning flight as well as the current 9:40 p.m. departure.

Initially, the new flights will be operated by Etihad Airways using two tri-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft leased from its strategic partner, India’s Jet Airways. From May 1, Jet Airways will operate these flights.

Beyond New York, guests also will be able to connect in both directions with destinations throughout the US, and in Canada and Mexico.

“New York City is one of the most popular destinations in our network, not only for guests flying from Abu Dhabi, but also for business, leisure and family travellers from a wide range of connecting destinations,” said James Hogan, president of Etihad Airways. “The flights also will open fresh opportunities for tourism to the UAE, and beyond to destinations throughout the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, Asia, Africa, and the island nations of the Indian Ocean.”

In addition to the increased New York flights, Etihad Airways recently announced plans to commence services to two new US destinations, Los Angeles daily from June and Dallas-Fort Worth three times a week starting in December. The airline also flies daily between Abu Dhabi and both Washington, D.C. and Chicago.