01 Jun 2014 12:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today launched its daily EY 171 service between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Los Angeles (LAX).
Los Angeles is Etihad Airways’ fourth US
destination, joining Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. on the airline’s
expanding network. This will increase further on 3 December 2014 with the
addition of direct flights to Dallas / Fort Worth.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and
Chief Executive Officer, said: “Los Angeles is one of the world’s premier travel
destinations and iconic cities and we are delighted that today it becomes part
of the Etihad Airways global network.
“The greater Los Angeles area has a diverse
population of more than 18 million people, the second largest in the US, who can now access direct flights to Abu
Dhabi and beyond into the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.”
The Los Angeles service is set to be popular
with guests looking to travel to California from other parts of the world, all
of whom will experience Etihad Airways’ renowned customer service and product.
Guests and their checked-in baggage flying
from Abu Dhabi are also processed through all US immigration, customs and
agriculture inspections, before boarding the aircraft, eliminating the need to
do so on arrival in the US.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director at Los
Angeles World Airports, said: “We are thrilled Etihad Airways chose LAX,
gateway to the world, for this new, historic service and warmly congratulate
them on their inauguration.
“Etihad Airways joins an impressive list of
international air carriers that are now able to offer passengers an improved
and exceptional level of customer service with the opening of the new Tom
Bradley International Terminal.”
The aircraft initially serving the new Los
Angeles route is a three-cabin, long-range Airbus 340-500 which can accommodate
240 guests with 12 First Class suites, 28 Business Class flatbed seats, and 200
Economy Class seats.
In mid-July, the service will transition to
a three-cabin, long-range Boeing 777-200 LR which will be configured with 237
seats, including eight First Class suites, 40 Business Class flatbed seats, and
189 Economy Class seats.
Etihad Airways has
been voted the World’s Leading Airline five times at the World Travel Awards*. The airline’s First Class service offers customers
a personal In-Flight Chef; Business Class provides a specially trained Food and
Beverage Manager; and families across all three cabins enjoy the benefits of
the airline’s Flying Nanny.
* Etihad Airways’ has been voted the World’s Leading Airline at the World Travel
Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.