Etihad Airways announced today the airline’s new Airbus A380 service takes flight beginning December 1, 2015 for guests traveling between New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport and the airline’s Abu Dhabi home. The A380 features The Residence by Etihad™, the airline’s ultra-luxurious and private three-room suite in the sky, a first in commercial aviation.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief
Executive Officer, said: “The United States is a strategically important part
of Etihad Airways’ growing global network and as a result of increased demand
from our guests traveling between New York and Abu Dhabi -- and onto the world,
we are pleased to upgrade one of our two daily flights to an A380.
“At Etihad Airways, we are committed to offering
unmatched luxury, comfort and convenience for our guests traveling with us
across every class of service. New York marks the first U.S. destination where
we will introduce our industry-leading A380 aircraft products and experience.”
Airways will continue to offer double daily service between New York’s JFK
Airport and Abu Dhabi. The addition of the A380 will allow Etihad Airways
to match capacity with increased demand. In 2014 alone, Etihad Airways’ Business and Economy Class load
factors exceeded 80% on the popular route.
The two daily flights offer guests traveling from New York access to 709 weekly
connections to 34 markets across the Gulf, Middle East, Indian subcontinent,
Africa and South East Asia. With equity partner Jet Airways, Etihad Airways
serves 15 unique destinations in India from Abu Dhabi.
Residence by Etihad has captured the imagination of the air travel industry
since it was unveiled in
May 2014. Measuring 125 square feet in area, The Residence by Etihad features a
private living room, separate en-suite shower room, bedroom with a double bed,
and a dedicated Savoy Academy trained Butler to look after the needs of its discerning
guests. The revolutionary cabin features a large 32” LCD monitor in the living
room and a 24” version in the bedroom. Located on the forward upper deck of the
A380, The Residence by Etihad is available for single or double occupancy.
The A380 is also the only aircraft in
the Etihad Airways fleet to feature nine First Apartments in the industry’s
first ever single aisle cabin on a wide body aircraft. Each apartment offers a
private living space with a large Poltrona Frau leather lounge chair and an
ottoman -- the latter which opens up to become a separate 80.5” long fully flat
bed. Each First Apartment also offers a 74 per cent increase in space over the
airline’s current award-winning First Class suites, a 24” swiveling LCD TV
monitor and personal vanity unit. A fully equipped shower room is
available for exclusive use by First Class guests.
Business Studios, set in a 1-2-1 configuration, are located on the upper deck
of the A380, providing guests with a 20 per cent increase in personal space,
direct aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5” in length. Upholstered
in Poltrona Frau leather, each Business Studio is equipped with in-seat massage
and a pneumatic cushion control system. This unique feature is also installed
in The Residence by Etihad and the First Apartment seating.
The Lobby, available to guests in
First and Business Class, is a serviced lounge and bar area located between the
two cabins, featuring leather sofas, refreshments and a large TV with USB
Economy Smart Seats are located on the main deck and feature enhanced comfort
with unique, ergonomic ‘fixed wing’ headrests, lumbar support and a larger
11.1” personal TV monitor.
The airline has introduced the latest
Panasonic eX3 entertainment system with a new, modern interface onboard the
A380, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved
gaming, and high definition touchscreens across all cabins. The system also has
video touchscreen handsets in all cabins, offering an additional screen so
guests can play games or view the moving map while watching their chosen
program. Noise cancelling headsets are provided across all cabins with built-in
magnetic audio jacks for superior sound quality. The A380 is equipped with full
mobile and Wi-Fi service, and USB and power points at every seat in every
cabin, as well as seven channels of Live TV.
can begin booking flights for travel on the A380 between New York’s JFK Airport
and Abu Dhabi now at http://www.etihad.com/.
Airways’ first A380 entered into service on December 27, 2014 and offers a
distinctive experience for guests traveling between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow
Airport, and will commence additional
A380 service to Sydney on June 1, 2015. The airline will take delivery
of four A380s in 2015.
Guests flying on all Etihad Airways flights from
Abu Dhabi to the airline’s six U.S. ports of entry, including New York’s JFK
Airport, are processed through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Preclearance facility available at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which means
they pass through all U.S. immigration and customs checks in Abu Dhabi and
arrive at their U.S. destination as domestic passengers. Other U.S.
destinations served by Etihad Airways include Chicago’s O’Hare International
Airport (ORD), Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington’s
D.C.’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Beginning December 1, 2015, Etihad Airways double
daily service schedule between Abu Dhabi and New York-JFK will operate as follows:
||7:25 PM (+1)
Note: All departures
and arrivals are listed in local time.
high resolution videos of Etihad Airways A380 aircraft please click on: http://blog.etihad.com/en/dec-18-reveal/.
For images of Etihad Airways’
new A380 aircraft and cabins, please visit: www.etihadmediacentre.com