Etihad Airways Upgagues NYC to Boeing 777-300ER
Washington, DC – May 8, 2013 (FlyersPulse.com): Etihad Airways continues to grow its presence in the United States. On April 1, the airline started non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD). Beginning on June 1, 2013, Etihad will upgrade capacity on their flights to and from The Big Apple’s Kennedy Airport (JFK) by nearly 37%.
The extra capacity will arrive into New York with the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Passengers will also have access to high speed WiFi Internet with the carrier’s “Wi Fly” service on the New York (JFK) – Abu Dhabi (AUH) non-stop. The larger Boeing aircraft will seat 328 passengers across three classes of service. The specific configuration will offer 8 seats in Diamond First Class, 40 in Pearl Business Class, and 280 Coral Economy Seats.
The Washington DC route will continue to operate with the long-range Airbus A340-500 aircraft for the 13 ½ hour journey to Abu Dhabi.
Etihad recently received the title of Middle East’s Leading Airline at the World Travel Awards for a seventh consecutive year.
Tickets may be purchased viaEtihad Airways USofficial booking site.
Etihad Inflight Internet, Mobile, and LinkedIn Tools
The airline is service oriented as well technology savvy between the roll-out of “Etihad Wi-Fly” internet and a new LinkedIn Mapping Tool.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, opined, “As a global airline, Etihad
Airways connects points and people from across the globe, so our Etihad Mapped-Out tool which taps into LinkedIn’s global audience of over 200 million is an extension of that mission.”
Baumgartner declared, “This tool is particularly useful for our guests traveling for business. Ahead of a business trip, the guest can use this tool to see not only his or her immediate contacts in the region, but also second-degree contacts. This fosters more effective networking and greater opportunity to create connections across international boundaries – We are always looking for ways to enable our guests to get more out of their travel experience. For business travelers, the world just got a bit smaller.”
Etihad’s Wi-Fly Internet and Mobile services were rolled-out December 2012. The new Wi-Fly service allows consumers to stay connected via a satellite based system while en-route between New York and Abu Dhabi. WiFi access is provided at a “nominal cost” for passengers in Business and Economy, while the service is complimentary for consumers in First Class.
The Wi-Fly system also allows individuals to place mobile telephone calls in-flight. However, the calls are bound to be expensive as mobile telephone usage will be charged based on international roaming rates set by your mobile provider.
The entire Etihad fleet is expected to offer Wi-Fly broadband and mobile services by the end of 2014.
Connections at Abu Dhabi International Airport
A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Facility is being planned to open at Abu Dhabi International Airport. While controversial, this will allow easy connections to the United States as passengers will have already cleared US Immigration, Customs, and Agriculture prior to boarding their US-bound aircraft.
While point to point service between Chicago, New York, and Washington and Abu Dhabi is said to be strong, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) serves as a key gateway to nearby nations and the Indian Subcontinent. James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and CEO said, “India, for example, has become our largest single market in terms of destinations, with direct services to nine cities. With our recent acquisition of a 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways of India, we will certainly be growing our presence in the region to meet the increasing demand for travel to and from the Indian Subcontinent.”
The 24% stake in Jet Airways is part of Etihad’s key strategy to tap into emerging markets. Passengers may make easy connections in Abu Dhabi to cities including Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Kochi.
Onward US Connections
Etihad Airways is a partner with Dallas/Fort Worth based American Airlines and the partnership allows Etihad to codeshare with the airline to over 65 cities across the United States. American Airlines operates hubs at both New York’s JFK airport and Chicago O’Hare (ORD), allowing passengers to transfer between the two airlines networks.