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Etihad Airways Launches Flights to Dallas/Fort Worth

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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 how.

“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.

Last year 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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