Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER
Etihad Airways will expand its US network to six destinations with the launch of San Francisco, California, services Nov. 18. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier will operate a daily flight with a 346-seat, three-class Boeing 777-300ER leased from its strategic partner Jet Airways.
San Francisco follows the introduction of double-daily flights to New York and daily flights to Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC. The San Francisco service will be followed by flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, from Dec. 3.
“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 December 2014,” Etihad president and CEO James Hogan said.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Etihad Cargo has started freighter flights between Abu Dhabi and Hanoi’s Nội Bài International Airport. The dedicated cargo service will operate 2X-weekly to the Vietnamese capital using an Airbus A330-200F. Abu Dhabi-Hanoi flights will be via Mumbai, while the return service will be nonstop.
Etihad Cargo expects the new service to carry raw materials, consumer goods and perishables to Hanoi, with electronics and textiles destined for the Gulf region, Europe and Africa on the return flight.
“Vietnam is an important market for Etihad Cargo and our new twice-weekly Hanoi service will build on our existing daily bellyhold operations to Ho Chi Minh City further south,” Etihad chief strategy and planning officer Kevin Knight said.