Etihad Airways has launched flights from its Abu
Dhabi home-base to the American city of Chicago. Flight EY151
took-off on Wednesday 2 September, landing 14 hours later at
Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
For the inaugural flight, Etihad operated its
Airbus A340-600 aircraft in the iconic Formula 1 livery, with
O’Hare airport fire trucks providing the traditional ‘water arch’
for the plane on the runway before it docked at terminal five.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive,
said, “We are delighted to start services to Chicago which is our
third major destination in North America. Chicago is set to become
a key part of our global flight programme with strong traffic
expected from cities across our Middle East and Indian
With the launch of the three weekly flights to
Chicago, Etihad Airways now flies to North America 13 times a
week: daily to New York (JFK) and three times weekly to Toronto in
Canada. This will increase to 16 flights a week when the Chicago
service goes to six per week at the end of October.
In July, Etihad and American Airlines announced
a wide ranging codeshare agreement. The ‘EY’ code can now be seen
on selected domestic and international services operated by
American, and the ‘AA’ code has been placed on Etihad services to
North America and Europe.
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