Etihad Airways will fly its new A380 to New York JFK from December 1.
The superjumbo, which features the Gulf carrier's three-room The Residence suite, will be rostered onto flights EY103/102, one of two daily Etihad services between Abu Dhabi and JFK.
Outbound flight EY103 departs Abu Dhabi at 0255 and arrives in New York at 0840, while return flight EY102 leaves New York at 1500 and lands in Abu Dhabi at 1230 the next day.
Etihad's A380 can accommodate 498 passengers, with 417 in economy, 70 in business class, nine in first and up to two in the aforementioned The Residence apartment.
James Hogan, Etihad's president and CEO, said: "The United States is a strategically important part of Etihad Airways' growing global network and as a result of increased demand from our guests travelling between New York and Abu Dhabi, and onto the world, we are pleased to upgrade one of our two daily flights to an A380.
"New York marks the first US destination where we will introduce our industry-leading A380 aircraft products and experience."
Etihad unveiled its A380 in December (see news, December 19) before rostering the aircraft onto its London Heathrow route. It plans to fly three daily A380 services to LHR by the end of this year.