MIAMI — Etihad Airways has celebrated yesterday the arrival of its Airbus A380 service to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), replacing one of the two daily flights to Abu Dhabi served by a Boeing 777-300ER, and offering the airline’s latest cabin products, including its acclaimed three-room suite The Residence by Etihad, available for $32,000 one way between New York and Abu Dhabi.
“The arrival of our A380 service at JFK International Airport is an important milestone for Etihad Airways as we respond to increased demand from our guests traveling between New York and Abu Dhabi and it represents the significant growth our airline has undergone in just 12 years of operation,” said James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Offer.
“The revolutionary products found on board Etihad Airways’ fleet of A380s completely reimagine commercial aviation standards and we are proud to bring them to our guests traveling between the U.S. to Abu Dhabi and beyond.”
The daily Airbus A380 service will now depart Abu Dhabi International Airport daily at 03:20, arriving in New York at 09:10. The return service will then depart JFK Airport at 14:20, arriving back in the UAE capital at 12:15 the following day.
Besides The Residence suite available, Etihad’s A380s offer nine First Class Suites, 70 Business Class seats and 415 Economy Class seats. The Residence by Etihad is exclusive to Etihad Airways’ fleet of A380s, which currently serve London’s Heathrow, Sydney and now New York’s JFK, with service to Mumbai and Melbourne scheduled to begin May 1, 2016 and June 1, 2016, respectively. The airline’s A380 fleet will grow to include a total of 10 double deckers.