Etihad Airways has launched flights to Dallas/Fort
Worth, its sixth destination in the U.S..
The airline has introduced three nonstop flights
per week between Dallas/Fort Worth and Abu Dhabi, with plans to
launch daily services in the future.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad
Airways, James Hogan, “Linking Dallas Fort/Worth with the
strategically important and rapidly growing markets in the Middle
East and Indian Subcontinent will help to deepen the strong
commercial, trade and cultural relationship between the US and the
UAE. The two-way connections offered by this service will benefit
the oil and gas sector and technology sectors, as well as the 20
Fortune 500 companies based in Dallas/Fort Worth and the 52
Fortune 500 companies based in Texas.”
Dallas/Fort Worth is the 17th largest U.S.
port for trade with the UAE, with total trade growing from $68
million in 1999 to $363 million in 2012. The city is also the
largest and most important hub for American Airlines, the main US
codeshare partner of Etihad Airways.
Mr Hogan said
that while expanding the Etihad Airways network in the US, the
airline was also continuing to invest in US companies and know
“At 2014 list prices, the total value of
Boeing jets we have received or have on order is US$36.5 billion.
Based on US Government calculations, this represents almost
210,000 US aerospace jobs. We also have options
and purchase rights for in excess of 30 more aircraft, which if
exercised will further strengthen our contribution to the
economy,” he said.
Etihad Airways has selected US
made GE engines for all its Boeing aircraft, while other US
suppliers manufacture aircraft seats, onboard equipment and
provide inflight entertainment systems.
Etihad Airways began a US$1 billion partnership with Sabre Travel
Technologies for the provision of a new IT platform to support its
global passenger services systems. The airline has also just
signed a major agreement with another US technology provider, SAP.
With the commencement of services to Dallas/Fort
Worth, Etihad Airways now operates 45 passenger flights per week
between Abu Dhabi and the US, following the introduction in March
of a second daily flight to New York, the launch in June of daily
nonstop services between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, and the
commencement of daily flights to San Francisco in November.
In addition to Etihad Airways’ passenger services to
the US, Etihad Cargo offers weekly flights to Miami and Chicago,
as part of a round-the-world air freight service. These flights
are operated for Etihad Cargo by US-based partner Atlas Air, using
a Boeing 747-8 freighter in Etihad Cargo livery.
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