14 Jul 2014 17:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will expand its United States network to six destinations with the launch of a San Francisco service on 18 November 2014.
Daily flights will be
operated to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) using a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft leased from
its strategic partner Jet Airways, offering a total of eight seats in First
Class, 30 seats in Business Class and 308 seats in Economy Class.
In addition to providing
a direct connection from San Francisco to Abu Dhabi, the new service offers convenient
onward connectivity to more than 30 destinations across the Gulf Cooperation Council
(GCC) region, Middle East, Africa and the island nations of the Indian Ocean,
available through Etihad Airways’ global network and codeshare agreements with
Similarly in the
opposite direction, flights to San Francisco will connect to destinations
throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.
San Francisco is
the latest addition to Etihad Airways’ US network. The airline currently offers
double-daily flights to New York and daily flights to Los Angeles (LAX),
Chicago (ORD) and Washington, D.C. (IAD).
service to San Francisco will be followed by flights to Dallas / Fort Worth
(DFW) International Airport from 3 December 2014, marking its sixth route within
President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “The United
States has been placed at the heart of our network development this year, with
services launched to Los Angeles last month and flights commencing to Dallas in
“San Francisco is
another strong addition and provides our first direct link to Northern
California. Given its global prominence as a tourism and business centre, we
anticipate strong demand in First, Business and Economy Class, not only between
San Francisco and Abu Dhabi, but onwards to destinations across our network and
the networks of our codeshare partners.
“This launch is
also testament to our successful partnership with Jet Airways, as the route
will be initiated using their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft through a lease
agreement; the flights will be operated by Etihad Airways and its crew.”
Located on the west coast
of the United States, San Francisco is a leading tourism, culture and business
hub. In 2013, a total of 16.9 million people visited the famous ‘City on the Bay’,
as San Francisco is often described, with popular attractions including the
breath-taking Golden Gate Bridge, the Fisherman’s Wharf marketplace, the
abandoned prison on Alcatraz Island, and the large-scale shopping, theatre and
restaurant haven of Union Square.
city is also home to world-famous retailers such as The Gap, Banana Republic
and Levi Strauss, as well as leading banking and financial services firms Wells
Fargo and First Republic Bank, and the popular internet brands Twitter,
StumbleUpon and Pinterest.
San Francisco is
the 10th route launch to be announced by Etihad Airways for 2014.
New services have already commenced to Medina (1 February), Jaipur (1 April),
Los Angeles (1 June), Zurich (1 June) and Yerevan (2 July), and will be
followed by flights to Rome (15 July), Perth (15 July), Phuket (26 October),
San Francisco (18 November) and Dallas (3 December).
Airways’ flights to and from San Francisco can be booked from today onwards on
etihad.com, through Etihad Airways Contact Centres, or via travel agents.