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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways boosts US service with additional flights to New York’s JFK


Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is increasing flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and expanding its codeshare partnership with budget airline JetBlue to continue enhancing its services in Abu Dhabi. United States and North America.

The announcement of the new flights, which will begin in November, comes on the back of improved market performance and record demand, as well as the launch of Etihad Airways. Airbus The airline said Saturday that the June A350, called Sustainability50, will be available.

The new aircraft currently has two routes in the United States, from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and New York JFK International Airport.

These are part of four services on its North American network, which includes Washington and Toronto.

Meanwhile, New York-based JetBlue has been Codeshare partnership with Etihad Airways since 2014their partnership is currently available in 46 destinations in the Americas.

They already have codeshare agreements on the Chicago and New York routes, while codeshare agreements on the Washington and Toronto routes will be added “soon.” Airlines are also developing frequent flyer programs, they said.

“The US remains one of our key markets, which is why New York and Chicago are among the first destinations to be served by Etihad’s new A350,” said Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways. The expanded service was announced at an event in New York.

“We are proud to continue to provide our guests with a first-class travel experience and enhanced connectivity through our growing partnership with JetBlue.”

Representatives from Abu Dhabi’s tourism industry attended the event, including Mohammed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral Asset Management, Husain Al Hashmi, Regional Manager of Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

Etihad Airways VP Loyalty and Partnerships Kim Hardaker and Group Chief Executive Tony Douglas pose with Marriott International Group Chief Operating Officer Sandeep Walia and General Manager Moustafa Sakr at the event in New York.Photo: Etihad

The recovery in air travel demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 has helped the industry recover, especially over the past year as restrictions and flight bans related to the health crisis have been lifted.

Airline expects shrink loss The International Air Transport Association said in June it expected a return to profitability in 2023, rising from $42 billion last year to $9.7 billion in 2022, as demand for air travel rebounded strongly.

Etihad last month posted record profits for the first half of 2022 – the highest in its 18-year history – citing a strong rebound in passenger demand, rising cargo revenue and the lifting of domestic Covid-19 restrictions .

The airline is Core operating income of $296 million The number of passengers carried during the first six months of the year has quadrupled compared to a half-year loss of $392 million in 2021.

Steady improving conditions have enabled Etihad and its affiliates to strengthen their services, and Saturday’s announcement was related to its latest action last month, when its logistics arm, Etihad Cargo, said it will add 50 tons Belly hold capacity for the US from November 15th.​​​

The additional capacity will come through four new non-stop weekly passenger flights to New York’s JFK International Airport.

Etihad confirmed last month initial The Toulouse-based planemaker has committed to buying seven A350 freighters with Airbus as it expects the cargo market to remain strong.

airline Sign the letter of intent Order the freighter during the Singapore Airshow in February.

Positive developments in the aviation industry in turn boost passenger traffic Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways’ base almost quadrupled in the second quarter of 2022.

Abu Dhabi Airports said last month that the hub handled 3.6 million passengers in the three months to the end of June, a nearly five-fold increase from the same period last year.

Also in August, Etihad Airways announced that it would to double its services to Manila From October 30, flights to the Philippine capital will be operated using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

History was also made last month when the Etihad advanced Aisha Mansouri Captain, making her the first female pilot of Emirates Airline.

Updated: September 10, 2022 at 10:22 am


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