Etihad Airways on Monday said it is planning to add capacity to its daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York.
In a statement, the Abu Dhabi-based airline said it will operate a Wi-Fi-enabled Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route from June 1.
The three-class aircraft will offer a total 328 seats, representing a 36.6 percent increase in capacity compared with the Airbus A340-500 currently used on the route.
Since launching flights between New York and the UAE capital in October 2006, Etihad has flown more than 800,000 passengers on the route, including a record 155,000 passengers in 2012 alone.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways 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.
"The change to the Boeing-777 aircraft, the largest three-class aircraft in our fleet, on the New York route is a demonstration of our commitment to expand our services in the US.
He added: "New York was our first point of entry into America and we have seen it continue to grow year-on-year, strengthened by our relationship with American Airlines."
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.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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