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Etihad to increase flights to New York-JFK from mid-November

Etihad Airways has announced that it will increase flights to New York-JFK from mid-November 2022.

Frequency increase to The Big Apple

Starting 15th November 2022, Etihad will add 4-weekly flights between Abu Dhabi International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. This flights will complement the existing daily flight between the two cities, meaning Etihad will operate 11-flights-a-week to New York-JFK.

The timings of the new 4-weekly flight are:

  • Abu Dhabi-New York JFK
  • Departure time: 03:55
  • Arrival time: 09:45
  • Flight time: 14 hours and 50 minutes
  • Flight number: EY103
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • New York JFK-Abu Dhabi
  • Departure time: 14:00
  • Arrival time: 11:30 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 12 hours and 30 minutes
  • Flight number: EY102
  • Frequency: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

The 4-weekly flights will be operated by Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner while the existing daily flight will continue to operated by the swanky new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

Etihad is enhancing its schedule this winter to provide even more options for our guests across key business and leisure destinations in our global network. Our New York service continues to perform strongly, and having already experienced record passenger demand this summer, Etihad is excited to be investing further in this market by building on frequency levels ahead of the peak winter travel period.

said Alex Featherstone, Vice President – Network Planning & Alliances, Etihad Airways.

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The Abu-Dhabi based airline says that “the frequency increase will provide travellers with more choice and flexibility between Abu Dhabi and New York and is perfectly timed to commence ahead of the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix taking place on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi between 17 and 20 November 2022”.

Etihad passengers can connect to and from 46 destinations throughout the Americas, with Etihad’s codeshare partner JetBlue.

On the right path

Etihad Airways is currently on a transformation journey. A few years ago, Etihad wanted to become a leading airline in the Middle East competing with the like of Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Qatar Airways. The airline has been going through a financial crisis for quite some years.

In the first half of 2022, Etihad recorded a record profit of US$ 296 million. The airline is on the path of becoming more of a “boutique airline” with Boeing B787 Dreamliners and Airbus A350s, two of the most fuel-efficient long-haul aircraft in the world, being the backbone of its long-haul fleet.

It’s good to see Etihad expanding service to New York. Passengers travelling on Etihad have a advantage over those flying with Emirates or Qatar Airways. Etihad passengers travelling to the US will be able to take advantage of Etihad’s US pre-clearance facility, the only United States Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East. This allows passengers bound for the United States to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight, avoiding immigration and queues on arrival in the US.

Once these new 4-weekly flights to New York begin, Etihad will offer a total of 25-weekly flights to the United States – 11-weekly to New York, 7-weekly to Chicago and 7-weekly to Washington DC – and over 50% more premium seats than in the previous winter 2021 season.

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways recently announced that it will add a second daily flight to Manila.

Featured image by Etihad Airways

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