Etihad has announced plans to further expand its Abu Dhabi-New York service next year.

The carrier recently increased the frequency of the route from daily to 11 flights per week, and will move to a double daily service from April 24, 2023.

The flights will be operated by Etihad’s A350 and B787-9 aircraft, with the following schedules:

A350 service

  • Flight EY101 departs Abu Dhabi at 1025, arriving into New York at 1640
  • Flight EY100 departs New York at 2240, arriving into Abu Dhabi at 1930 the following day

B787-9 service

  • Flight EY103 departs Abu Dhabi at 0310, arriving into New York at 0925
  • Flight EY102 departs New York at 1430, arriving into Abu Dhabi at 1120 the following day

Etihad last operated a double daily service between Abu Dhabi and New York in 2018, when the decision was made to reduce the frequency to daily.

Etihad to halve New York frequency

However the route was at that time being served by the carrier’s A380 aircraft, which has significantly higher capacity than either the A350 or B787.

Etihad will offer a total of 28 flights per week to the US next summer – 14 to New York JFK, and seven each to Chicago and Washington.

Commenting on the news Martin Drew, senior vice president global sales and cargo, Etihad Airways, said:

“Etihad is responding to customer demand for increased frequency to New York and our well-known reputation for high-quality customer experience. Boosting our flights to New York gives our guests even greater options across key business and leisure destinations in our expanding global network.

“Our guests travelling to the US can use our US pre-clearance facility, the only United States Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East. This allows passengers bound for the United States to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they board, avoiding immigration queues on arrival in the US.”