Antonoaldo Neves, CEO, Etihad Airways, said, “We’re thrilled to start flying our remarkable A380 across the Atlantic, and we know our guests love the onboard experience. Whether they are flying in Economy, Business, First or the three-room suite in the sky, The Residence, they will enjoy elevated levels of service from our dedicated crew, and ensure they arrive in the city that never sleeps refreshed and relaxed. We know this is important for all our guests, not least our corporate customers, and the timing and comfort provided by the A380 means they can arrive fresh and ready for their business appointments.”
The introduction of the Airbus A380 marks a significant enhancement to Etihad's capacity in the crucial US market, connecting to the broader GCC and Indian subcontinent. It will further attract an increased number of visitors to sample the attractions of the vibrant city of Abu Dhabi.
The Airbus A380 will operate on one of the two daily Etihad flights to New York. The other daily flight will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 featuring First, Business and Economy cabins.
The US route becomes the second destination after London to enjoy the remarkable Airbus A380 experience since Etihad returned its superjumbo to the skies.