13 Dec 2014 12:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has doubled its network in the US within the last 12 months with the addition of flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, its sixth destination. The airline has introduced three nonstop flights per week between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi, with plans to launch daily services.
Speaking yesterday at a US-UAE Business Council
lunch in Dallas/Fort Worth, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad
Airways, James Hogan, said the US was important for the airline because it was
the largest aviation market in the world and the UAE was the largest
export market for the US in the Middle East region.
Mr Hogan said: “Linking Dallas
Fort/Worth with the strategically important and rapidly growing markets in the
Middle East and Indian Subcontinent will help to deepen the strong commercial,
trade and cultural relationship between the US and the UAE.
connections offered by this service will benefit the oil and gas sector and
technology sectors, as well as the 20 Fortune 500 companies based in Dallas/Fort
Worth and the 52 Fortune 500 companies based in Texas,” he said.
in the Gulf States with two-way connectivity include Bahrain, Doha, Kuwait, Muscat and Saudi Arabia.
Key connecting markets in the Indian Subcontinent include Pakistan,
Sri Lanka and Nepal. In partnership with
Jet Airways, Etihad Airways offers access to a large Indian market with more
than 200 weekly flights to 14 destinations in India.
Worth is the 17th largest U.S. port for trade with the UAE, with total trade
growing from $68 million in 1999 to $363 million in 2012. The city is also the
largest and most important hub for American Airlines, the main US codeshare
partner of Etihad Airways.
Mr Hogan said that while expanding the Etihad Airways network in
the US, the airline was also continuing to invest in US companies and know how.
“At 2014 list prices, the total value of Boeing jets we have
received or have on order is US$36.5 billion. Based on US Government
calculations, this represents almost 210,000 US aerospace jobs.
“We also have options and purchase rights for in excess of 30 more
aircraft, which if exercised will further strengthen our contribution to the
economy,” he said.
Etihad Airways has selected US made GE engines for all its Boeing
aircraft, while other US suppliers manufacture aircraft seats, onboard
equipment and provide inflight entertainment systems.
Last year Etihad Airways began a US$1 billion partnership with
Sabre Travel Technologies for the provision of a new IT platform to support its
global passenger services systems. The airline has also just signed a major
agreement with another US technology provider, SAP.
With the commencement of services to Dallas/Fort Worth, Etihad Airways
now operates 45 passenger flights per week between Abu Dhabi and the US,
following the introduction in March of a second daily flight to New York, the
launch in June of daily nonstop services between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, and
the commencement of daily flights to San Francisco in November.
In addition to Etihad
Airways’ passenger services to the US, Etihad Cargo offers weekly flights to
Miami and Chicago, as part of a round-the-world air freight service. These
flights are operated for Etihad Cargo by US-based partner Atlas Air, using a
Boeing 747-8 freighter in Etihad Cargo livery.