Etihad Airways today announced a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and New York City, providing additional one-stop links to the US for Indian travellers and an easy, new option for travel from America to India. Commencing on 1 March, Etihad Airways flight EY103 will depart Abu Dhabi at 1.45 am and arrive at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport at 7.45 am the same day. The return flight, EY102, will leave New York at 11.35 am, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 9.20 am the following day.
These flights will complement the existing Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER service, EY101, which departs Abu Dhabi at 10.30 am, arriving in New York at 4.30 pm the same day, and EY100, which leaves New York at 9.40 pm and arrives in Abu Dhabi the next day at 7.25 pm. The new flights will be operated by Etihad Airways with two tri-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, to be leased from Jet Airways. From 1 May, 2014, Jet Airways will operate these flights.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways said New York was one of the airline’s most popular destinations, not only for guests flying from Abu Dhabi but also for travellers from a wide range of connecting destinations, including many in India.
“These services will provide not only greater access to New York but also evidence of Abu Dhabi’s growing importance as a global air transport hub. Our decision to lease aircraft from Jet Airways also illustrates one of the broader benefits available through our strategic partnership, which benefits both airlines as well as travellers,” he said.
The new Abu Dhabi – New York flight has been scheduled to connect with evening services by Etihad Airways, Jet Airways or both carriers arriving from four Indian cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin and Chennai. Flights arriving back from New York will also connect from Abu Dhabi to these cities. Beyond New York, passengers will be able to connect in both directions with flights throughout the US, and to Canada and Mexico.
As well as additional flights to New York, Etihad Airways will commence services to two new US destinations during 2014 – daily service to Los Angeles from June and three flights per week to Dallas-Fort Worth from December. The airline also flies daily between Abu Dhabi and both Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Etihad Cargo offers dedicated freight flights to destinations including Chicago, Miami and Houston.
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