Abu Dhabi's Etihad launches non-stop LA flights

Once daily flight to west coast will be airline’s fourth US city
Abu Dhabi's Etihad launches non-stop LA flights
By Courtney Trenwith
Tue 08 Oct 2013 10:20 AM

UAE national airline Etihad has launched direct daily flights to Los Angeles, which will be the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s fourth US destination.

The flights are due to take off from June 1, 2014, pending regulatory approval, the airline said.

Etihad already flies to American cities of Chicago, New York and Washington DC, and the Californian city – the largest on the west coast with a population of 18m - will see the airline provide 28 return flights each week between the UAE and the US.

The new service will increase the airline’s operations in the US market by 33 percent and cater for growing leisure and business traffic demands in LA, as well as the city’s considerable catchment area.

“We are delighted to add Los Angeles, a major US and global destination with a significant metropolitan population and growing economy, to the Etihad Airways’ network in 2014,” Etihad president and CEO James Hogan said.

“The expansion of the US network also will be of considerable benefit to the growing commercial and cultural ties between the US and UAE, with trade between the two countries set to increase beyond the current annual level of $22.5bn.

Etihad will deploy a three cabin Boeing 777-200LR on the LA flights, with capacity for eight first class suites, 40 business class flatbed seats and 189 economy class seats.

Flight EY171 will depart daily from Abu Dhabi at 8.45am and arrive in LA at 2.15pm the same day. The return flight, EY170, will depart LA at 4.15pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 7.35pm the following day.

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