Etihad plans to add capacity on New York route

Abu Dhabi airline says it will operate larger plane from June 1; capacity to rise by 36%

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.

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