Etihad Airways plans to increase Airbus A380 services between New York’s John F Kennedy airport and Abu Dhabi International amid increased demand.
The new service, beginning in June next year, will add capacity to the existing daily A380 service, replacing a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, Etihad said on Tuesday. It first operated an A380 on the route in November.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad’s chief executive, highlighted the “phenomenal” growth of demand on the route since it started services to JFK a decade ago.
Etihad will celebrate 10 years of service between Abu Dhabi and New York in October.
Mr Baumgartner underlined the commitment to “delivering the highest levels of comfort, luxury and world-class hospitality at every point” to passengers.
Etihad’s A380 features the three-room The Residence with its Savoy Hotel-trained butler, nine first-class “Apartments”, 70 business class “Studios” and 415 seats in economy.
The carrier operates 45 weekly return flights between Abu Dhabi and five other US cities – Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington.
On Monday, parent Etihad Aviation Group put a value on its contribution to the US economy, fuelled by the expansion of the airline and its hub in Abu Dhabi at US$10.7 billion, including supporting 108,000 jobs across the country.
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