Etihad Airways will double its flights between Abu Dhabi and New York, introducing a second daily service from Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Initially, the new service will be operated by Etihad Airways using two three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft leased from its new strategic partner, India’s Jet Airways.
From May 1, Jet Airways will operate these flights, using the same Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
The new flight EY103 will depart Abu Dhabi International Airport (IATA code AUH) at 1.45 a.m. from March 1, arriving at New York JFK at 7.45 a.m. the same day, local time.
Etihad Airways’ new return flight, EY102, will leave JFK at 11.35 a.m., landing at AUH at 9.20 a.m. the next day, local time.
The new daily flight will complement the airline’s current 10.30 a.m. departure to New York JFK, providing a choice of services for Abu Dhabi’s business, government, expatriate and leisure travelers. Passengers traveling 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.
Etihad Airways’ second New York service will increase substantially the connections available via its Abu Dhabi International Airport hub, according to the airline.
The schedule is designed to link in both directions with Etihad Airways and partner airline flights between Abu Dhabi and more than 30 destinations in India, the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, Africa and island nations in the Indian Ocean region.
Connections available at Abu Dhabi will include flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore in India; Lahore in Pakistan; Dhaka in Bangladesh; and Kathmandu in Nepal.
In the Middle East/Gulf Cooperative Council region, connections to and from Etihad’s New York flights include Dammam, Jeddah, Medina and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Doha in Qatar; Amman in Jordan; Bahrain; Kuwait; Tehran in Iran; and Basra and Erbil in Iraq.
Abu Dhabi connections to and from African and Indian Ocean destinations include Johannesburg, Cairo, Colombo, Maldives and the Seychelles.
Connections at Abu Dhabi to and from Asia are Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Manila and Hong Kong.
Beyond New York, passengers also will be able to connect in both directions with destinations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
In addition to its increased New York service, Etihad Airways recently announced plans to begin services to two new U.S. destinations, Los Angeles daily from June 2014 and Dallas-Fort Worth three times a week from December 2014.
The airline also flies daily between Abu Dhabi and both Washington Dulles International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport.