10 Dec 2014 08:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), last night hosted a cocktail reception at the San Francisco City Hall to celebrate the launch of its daily service between San Francisco and Abu Dhabi.
The event brought together over 300 guests
from across the business, travel trade, government and diplomatic community, as
well as members of the media.
Upon arrival at the San Francisco City
carpet, guests were welcomed by traditional Arabian Ayala dancers and Etihad
Airways’ cabin crew who offered guests Arabic coffee and dates.
The evening began with a champagne reception
service, while guests had the opportunity to experience Etihad Airways’ soon to
be launched The Residence by
Etihad™, the only three-room suite in the sky, as well as the airline’s new
First and Business Class products which will be introduced on its A380 and B787
aircraft. The Savoy Academy-trained Butler was also present at the event.
Guests also enjoyed performances from the
popular Italian operatic pop trio, II Volo and Jazz singer, Ddendyl.
Guest of honour at the cocktail
reception was the UAE Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Yousef Al
Otaiba, who welcomed the launch of Etihad Airways’ new services between San
Francisco (SFO) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’
President and Chief Executive Officer thanked HE Yousef Al Otaiba for his
support during the airline’s launch of services to San Francisco and also spoke
of the airline’s strong relationship with the United States.
Mr Hogan said: “We are delighted to add San
Francisco to our global network, which becomes Etihad Airways’ fifth
destination in the US after New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.
The new service is another step forward in the strong and
extensive relationship between the UAE and the US.”
Notes: Etihad Airways flies daily from Abu Dhabi to San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC; and twice daily to New
York. The airline’s US service increased on 3 December 2014 with the addition
of direct flights to Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport.