In conjunction with the introduction of its new A350 aircraft and the expansion of its collaboration with low-cost airline JetBlue, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced an increase in the number of flights to New York’s JFK International Airport.
Beginning in November, the airline will increase its flight schedule and provide passengers with seamless access to new gateways.
On Friday, Etihad hosted a celebration in New York to honor the airline’s most recent accomplishment and to show its dedication to the US market and its North American partners.
Important figures from the Abu Dhabi tourist industry attended the event, including Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, Husain Al Hashmi, Regional Manager at the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and Mohammed Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral Asset Management. Other executives from the travel and hospitality industries joined them.
Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Group, Tony Douglas, stated, “New York and Chicago were among the first locations to be served by Etihad’s new A350 because the US continues to be one of our largest markets. We are pleased to maintain providing our customers with a first-rate travel encounter and improved connection because to our expanding collaboration with JetBlue.”
Along with expanding connection through the codeshare arrangement, Etihad and JetBlue are also establishing a frequent flyer arrangement that will let members of both programs—TrueBlue frequent flyers and Etihad Guest—earn and use miles on both networks.
The only US Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East, Etihad’s US pre-clearance facility, will be available to travelers flying to the US. Passengers traveling to the US are able to complete all immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before boarding their trip.