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Etihad Airways reinforces US expansion with new A350s and JetBlue partnership

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By adding flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Etihad Airways has strengthened its position in the US market (JFK). The announcement comes after the Airbus A350-1000 fleet debut and an expanded relationship with budget airline JetBlue (JBLU).

The Gulf carrier revealed last month that starting on November 15, 2022, it would add four weekly flights on its Abu Dhabi–New York route, totaling 11 weekly nonstop services to JFK in addition to daily services to Chicago and Washington.

The new flights will be run by the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, while everyday services will continue to be provided by Etihad’s brand-new Airbus A350 planes, according to the company.

“The US remains one of our leading markets and that is why New York and Chicago were amongst the first destinations to be serviced by Etihad’s new A350,” Tony Douglas, Etihad Airways Group CEO, said in a statement released on September 10, 2022.

Throughout the winter, Etihad will provide a total of 25 weekly services.

Since 2014, Etihad and JetBlue (JBLU) have shared 46 destinations across the Americas through their codeshare partnership.

Recently, JetBlue (JBLU) started codesharing on flights operated by Etihad from Abu Dhabi to Chicago and New York; Washington, D.C. will follow soon.

“As Etihad prepares to increase flights to New York’s JFK International Airport in November, the partners are planning to add additional destinations offering travelers seamless connectivity to new gateways”, the statement added.

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