Big Bird, Big Apple: Etihad Airways A380 Takes Flight to New York

An Etihad Airways A380 flies over New York
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Etihad Airways has announced it will start flying its flagship Airbus A380 double-decker aircraft to New York JFK from 22 April, 2024.

In its latest announcement, Etihad Airways has revealed its plans to introduce the Airbus A380 double-decker aircraft on its New York JFK route starting April 22, 2024.

Big Bird in New York

Antonoaldo Neves, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, was upbeat about the move, emphasizing the exceptional onboard experience awaiting passengers across all classes.

Whether flying Economy, Business, First, or indulging in the opulence of The Residence, Etihad assures an unparalleled level of service.

Neves highlighted the significance for corporate travelers, noting that the A380’s timing and comfort will ensure passengers arrive in the city that never sleeps refreshed and ready for business engagements.

The decision to deploy the Etihad A380 on the popular New York route aligns with Etihad’s strategy to meet rising customer demand for increased capacity.


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The move follows the opening of a new route to Boston on March 31, underscoring the airline’s ambitious plans for expansion.

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A380’s Impact on the US Market

The introduction of the A380 represents a major capacity boost for Etihad in the crucial US market, connecting seamlessly to the broader GCC and Indian subcontinent.

This strategic move aims to attract a higher number of visitors keen to explore the vibrant attractions of Abu Dhabi, further solidifying Etihad’s presence in the region.

Inside the A380

Economy Class

For those in Economy, the A380 offers a dedicated welcome area and 68 extra-legroom seats, providing an additional 4 inches of space.

The 337 Economy Smart seats feature Etihad’s signature fixed-wing headrests and large pillows for maximum comfort.

Business Studios

The upper deck houses Business Studios, offering an exclusive haven with 70 private spaces. The highlight is The Lobby, a serviced lounge and bar area between the First and Business cabins.

Collaborating with Armani/Casa, Etihad elevates the Business experience with premium ceramics, glassware, cutlery, and fabrics.

First Apartments

First Apartments take luxury to new heights with nine private spaces, each equipped with designer tableware, a spacious leather lounge chair, and a separate ottoman transforming into an 80″ lie-flat bed.

First-class guests enjoy personal vanity units and exclusive access to the First-class shower room.

The Residence: Ultimate Luxury

At the pinnacle of luxury is The Residence, the world’s only three-room suite in the sky. Accommodating up to two guests, The Residence features a private living room, bedroom, and ensuite bathroom with a shower at 40,000 feet. A dedicated team of Etihad cabin crew ensures unparalleled service.

Guests in The Residence can indulge in a culinary journey with an à la carte menu served on designer tableware in the private living room.

From gourmet cuisine to champagne and caviar, The Residence Signature High Tea offers a range of lavish options.

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