Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways bolsters US services with more flights to New York’s JFK Airport

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is adding more flights to New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport and expanding its codeshare partnership with low-cost airline JetBlue as it continues to strengthen its services in the United States and in North America.

The announcement of the new flights, which will begin in November, follows improved market performance and record demand, as well as the launch of Etihad’s Airbus A350, called Sustainability50, in June, it said on Saturday. the airline company.

The new aircraft currently serves two routes in the United States, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport and New York JFK.

These are among its four services on its North American network, which includes Washington and Toronto.

Meanwhile, New York-based JetBlue has been a codeshare partner with Etihad since 2014, and their partnership currently applies to 46 destinations in the Americas.

They already have a codeshare agreement for Chicago and New York routes while one for Washington and Toronto routes will be “added soon”. Airlines are also developing a frequent flyer program, they said.

“The United States remains one of our main markets and that is why New York and Chicago were among the first destinations to be served by Etihad’s new A350,” said Tony Douglas, Etihad Group Chief Executive. Airways, at an event in New York to announce the extended services.

“We are proud to continue to provide our customers with a premium travel experience and enhanced connectivity through our growing partnership with JetBlue.”

Representatives of Abu Dhabi’s tourism sector were present at the event, including Mohammed Al Zaabi, Managing Director of Miral Asset Management, Husain Al Hashmi, Regional Director of Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and François Bourienne, Commercial Director of Abu Dhabi Airports.

Etihad Airways officials Kim Hardaker, Vice President of Loyalty and Partnerships, and Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive, with Marriot International Chief Executive Sandeep Walia and Chief Executive Moustafa Sakr at the event airline in New York.  Photo: Etihad

A resurgence in demand for air travel, which was halted by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, has helped the airline industry recover, particularly over the past year with the lifting of restrictions and flight bans linked to the health crisis.

Airlines are expected to cut losses to $9.7 billion in 2022 from $42 billion last year as demand for air travel rebounds strongly, with a return to profitability expected in 2023, the report said. ‘International Air Transport Association in June.

Etihad reported record first-half 2022 profit last month – the highest in its 18-year history – citing a strong rebound in passenger travel demand, cargo revenue growth and the lifting of nationwide travel restrictions. Covid-19.

The airline returned to profitability with a core operating profit of $296 million in the first six months of this year, compared to a half-year loss of $392 million in 2021, supported by a fourfold increase in the number of passengers transported during the period.

Steadily improving conditions have allowed Etihad and its affiliated units to step up services, with Saturday’s announcement linked to its most recent action last month, when its logistics arm, Etihad Cargo, said that it would add 50 tons of storage capacity in the United States. from November 15.

The additional capacity will come from four new weekly direct passenger flights to New York JFK.

Etihad last month confirmed an initial commitment with Airbus for seven of the Toulouse planemaker’s A350 freighters, as it expects the cargo market to remain strong.

The airline signed a letter of intent to order the cargo plane at the Singapore Airshow in February.

The positive development in aviation has, in turn, boosted passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad’s base, which nearly quadrupled in the second quarter of 2022.

The aviation hub handled 3.6 million passengers in the three months to the end of June, a fivefold increase from the same quarter last year, Abu Dhabi Airports said on last month.

Also in August, Etihad announced it would double its services to Manila from October 30, with flights to the Philippine capital to be operated using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

History also made history last month when Etihad promoted Aisha Al Mansoori to captain, making her the first female pilot on a UAE airline.

Updated: September 10, 2022, 10:22 a.m.

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