Etihad to expand New York capacity
Etihad Airways will add capacity to its daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York with a Wi-Fi-enabled Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route from June 1, 2013.
The three-class aircraft will offer a total 328 seats, representing a 36.6% increase in capacity compared with the Airbus A340-500 currently used on the route. The aircraft will be configured with eight Diamond First class, 40 Pearl Business class and 280 Coral Economy class seats.
Since launching flights between New York and Abu Dhabi, in October 2006, Etihad has flown more than 800,000 passengers on the route, including a record 155,000 passengers in 2012 alone.
The aircraft change also makes it possible for the airline to offer “Etihad Wi-Fly” inflight connectivity on every flight to and from New York. Internet connectivity is offered to guests at a nominal cost for Coral Economy and Pearl Business Class guests and on a complimentary basis for Diamond First Class guests. Mobile telephone usage will be charged based on the international roaming rates of guests’ mobile network providers.
James Hogan, Etihad president and CEO, said: “We are responding to passenger demand by continuously investing in our fleet and upgrading routes where we see a need for more capacity. Beyond our direct daily services to New York, Chicago and recently-launched Washington, D.C., our partnership with American Airlines allows us to codeshare and connect our guests to more than 65 cities across the US.”
The airline currently operates 14 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft across its network and will take delivery of a further four this year, enabling the aircraft change on the New York route.