Etihad Airways is expanding from 26 October 2006, it will fly daily to Terminal 4 at New York’s JFK airport.New York is Etihad’s second North American destination, after Toronto, and is one of the most prestigious airports the Abu Dhabi-based airline can fly to.
The new route is also set to further enhance the close bilateral ties between the US and the UAE.
“The announcement of this new destination is a significant milestone for Etihad Airways. By connecting Abu Dhabi and New York, we are once again illustrating the ambitions we have at Etihad Airways to service the world’s most strategically important cities and regions,” said HH Dr. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of Etihad Airways.
Trade between the United States and the UAE amounted to $10 billion in 2005, making it the second-largest U.S. trading partner in the GCC behind Saudi Arabia. There are also more than 500 American companies in the UAE which are set to benefit from Etihad’s daily service.
Guests on the New York route will enjoy the very best Etihad in-flight service on offer in the new purpose-built Airbus 340-500. The aircraft is configured with two aisles and can carry 240 Guests with 12 in Diamond, 28 in Pearl and 200 in Coral zone.
“The U.S. Embassy is pleased to recognize the introduction of the first Etihad Airways non-stop flight from Abu Dhabi to New York. This accomplishment represents another major step in the strong US-UAE bilateral relationship and is further proof of the strength of our ties,” said Michele J. Sison, US Ambassador to the UAE.
“I am proud that the Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft, which Etihad purchased in 2004, will be used in their continuously expanding route development. Direct flights between the UAE capital and the US commercial and cultural capital will encourage more trade, more visits and more students travelling to the United States, which will lead to greater understanding between our peoples,” continued the US Ambassador.
Etihad will be flying its A340-500 aircraft on this new route to New York. It is one of the airline’s first aircraft to offer the luxurious revolutionary Diamond zone seat which can rotate 180 degrees, enabling Guests to hold meetings, share group meals and converse with one another.
For Guests looking to relax on the flight, each Diamond zone suite is fitted with a privacy shell and features a six-way movement headrest with built-in massage facility. The seat also reclines into a luxurious 6 feet 8 inch flat bed at the touch of a button.
“By flying on the new A340-500, our Guests will now be able to enjoy Etihad’s unique levels of hospitality and comfort. The Diamond and Pearl zones offer in-flight luxuries of exceptional standards whether it is fully flat beds, state-of-the-art entertainment or fine dining,” added Geert W Boven, Acting CEO, Etihad Airways.
Flight EY 503 will depart Abu Dhabi International Airport every day at 14:15, arriving in New York at 21:25. The return flight EY 504, then departs at 23:10 arriving the next day in Abu Dhabi at 20:25.
Throughout the last 12 months Etihad has expanded considerably the number of destinations it flies to, fully supporting Etihad’s proud position as the ‘World’s leading new airline’.
Earlier in 2006, this breathtaking growth saw the airline celebrate the milestone of launching 30 Guest destinations in just 30 months, and Etihad now offers Guest and cargo services to more than 40 cities world-wide.
New York will join other recently launched Guest routes to have opened including Brussels, Casablanca, Dhaka, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Manchester, Manila, Muscat, Paris and Toronto.
Several other new routes such as Osaka and Shanghai are scheduled to be launched later in 2006, which will ensure Etihad is on schedule to meet its ambitious target of flying to 70 destinations by 2010.
Etihad’s route to New York also provides a wealth of new opportunities for Etihad’s cargo and holidays divisions, Crystal Cargo and Etihad Holidays.
The A340-500 has a cargo capacity of 11 tonnes at full passenger load on this route, complete with heat adjustable and air conditioned aircraft holds.
Etihad Holidays will offer Guests a multitude of options which include some of New York’s best located hotels such as the Waldorf Astoria, the Hilton on Times Square and the New Yorker.
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