Etihad Airways on 1 June, 2017 introduced its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on its second daily service between Abu Dhabi International Airport and New York JFK, US.
All 14 weekly flights between the two cities are now operated by the double-decker Airbus A380 aircraft.
The A380 replaced a three-class Boeing 777-300ER previously operating one of the airline’s twice daily flights.
The new deployment means New York will join London and Sydney as an all-A380 operation. Guests can now enjoy the consistency, convenience and comfort of a seamless A380 service in both directions.
Etihad Airways launched daily nonstop flights to New York JFK on 26 October 2006, and introduced a second daily service in March 2014. It subsequently upgraded one of the daily flights to an A380 aircraft in November 2015.
Guests flying on all Etihad Airways flights from Abu Dhabi to the airline’s six U.S. ports of entry – New York JFK Airport, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco – are processed through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance facility available at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
The airline also operates a dedicated Premium Lounge within the Customs and Border Protection facility.
In December 2015, the airline opened a state-of-the art Premium Lounge at New York JFK, marking a significant investment in further improving the ground experience for the airline’s guests.