Etihad Airways has launched daily flights
between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Los Angeles (LAX).
Los Angeles is Etihad Airways’ fourth US
destination, joining Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. on the
airline’s expanding network. This will increase further on 3
December 2014 with the addition of direct flights to Dallas / Fort
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief
Executive Officer, said: “Los Angeles is one of the world’s
premier travel destinations and iconic cities and we are delighted
that today it becomes part of the Etihad Airways global network.
The greater Los Angeles area has a diverse population of more than
18 million people, the second largest in the US, who can now
access direct flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond into the Middle East
and Indian Subcontinent.”
Travellers and their checked-in baggage flying from
Abu Dhabi are processed through all US immigration, customs
and agriculture inspections, before boarding the aircraft,
eliminating the need to do so on arrival in the US.
Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director at Los
Angeles World Airports, said, “We are thrilled Etihad Airways
chose LAX, gateway to the world, for this new, historic service
and warmly congratulate them on their inauguration. Etihad Airways joins an impressive list of
international air carriers that are now able to offer passengers
an improved and exceptional level of customer service with the
opening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal.”
The aircraft initially serving the new Los
Angeles route is a three-cabin, long-range Airbus 340-500 which
can accommodate 240 guests with 12 First Class suites, 28 Business
Class flatbed seats, and 200 Economy Class seats.
In mid-July, the service will transition to a
three-cabin, long-range Boeing 777-200 LR which will be configured
with 237 seats, including eight First Class suites, 40 Business
Class flatbed seats, and 189 Economy Class seats.
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