LONDON – The UAE national carrier, Etihad Airways, has further strengthened its commitment to the US market with increased flights from New York’s JFK International Airport, and an expanded partnership with JetBlue.
The announcement follows the recent launch of the airline’s new Airbus A350 aircraft, and an expanded partnership with JetBlue. A number of key representatives from Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector joined a delegation to celebrate the move at a New York event.
Attendees included Mohammed Al Zaabi, Chief Executive Officer of Miral Asset Management, Husain Al Hashmi, Regional Manager at Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports.
They were joined by executives from the hospitality and travel sectors, helping to strengthen the connections between the UAE and the US.
Eithad Airways statement
At the gala event in New York last night, Tony Douglas, Etihad Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The US remains one of our leading markets and that is why New York and Chicago were amongst the first destinations to be serviced by Etihad’s new A350.”
“We are proud to continue to offer our guests a premier travel experience and enhanced connectivity through our growing partnership with JetBlue.”
In June Etihad launched their new A350 aircraft, Sustainability50, which carries a unique livery in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the federation of the UAE and Etihad’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The new aircraft is currently serving two routes in the US with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Chicago’s O’Hare International and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The Airbus A350 & Sustainability50
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered Airbus A350 is one of the most efficient aircraft types in the world, with 25% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation twin aisle aircraft.
Developed in partnership between Etihad, Airbus and Rolls Royce, the Sustainability50 programme will see Etihad’s A350s used as flying test beds of new initiatives, procedures and technologies to reduce carbon emissions.
Etihad ran a similar programme, known as Greenliner, for the Boeing B787 aircraft type.
Codeshare partner JetBlue
Also in attendance at Cipriani Downtown last night were executives from Etihad’s longstanding codeshare partner JetBlue Airways.
Etihad and JetBlue have been codeshare partners since 2014 and currently codeshare across 46 destinations throughout the Americas. JetBlue recently began code sharing on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to Chicago and New York, with Washington, D.C to be added soon.
With Etihad increasing flights to New York’s JFK International Airport in November, the codeshare partners plan to add additional destinations to provide greater connectivity.
In June it was announced Etihad would be one of the first airlines, and first Middle East carrier, to be offered a permanent presence at JFK’s New Terminal One, with the airline’s leadership attending the ground-breaking ceremony on 8 September.