Etihad launches A380 service to New York

25 Nov 2015 by Clement Huang

Etihad Airways has launched its first A380 service to the US. The superjumbo is now serving one of the airline’s two daily flights between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK.


Etihad's inaugural A380 service between Abu Dhabi and New Yorks John F. Kennedy International Airport

Flight EY103 departs Abu Dhabi at 0320 and arrives in New York at 0910. The return EY102 flight takes off at 1430 and touches back down in Abu Dhabi at 1215 the following day. 

The Residence bedroom

Etihad’s A380 is decked out with a four-class configuration. At the forward upper deck of the aircraft is The Residence, (available for the princely sum of US$32,000 for a one-way flight between Abu Dhabi and New York). The three-room suite features a living room, bedroom with a double bed, separate ensuite shower, and a Savoy Academy-trained butler.

Entertainment in the First Apartment

The nine First Apartments are private suites featuring a reclining Poltrona Frau leather lounge chair and ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5-inch full-flat bed. Each also comes with a 24-inch television, mini-bar, personal vanity unit, and wardrobe. First class passengers are also afforded access to a shower room.


Business Studio full-flat bed

All 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the superjumbo, and are configured in a 1-2-1 layout, guaranteeing direct aisle access. Each is able to become a 80.5-inch fully flat bed. 

Both first and business class passengers also have access to The Lobby – a lounge situated between the first and business cabins. The space is outfitted with two leather sofas and a staffed bar serving a wide selection of hot snacks and refreshments.


Fixed-wing headrest of Economy Smart seat

The 415 Economy Smart seats are all located in the main deck of the A380. Each seat comes with a fixed-wing headrest, lumbar support and 11-inch IFE screen with over 750 hours of on-demand movies and television series.

The flight crew of Etihad Airways’ inaugural A380 flight after arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from Abu Dhabi

With the deployment of the superjumbo on its New York JFK flights, Etihad’s A380 now serves Sydney and London Heathrow.

Services to Mumbai and Melbourne are scheduled to commence on May 1 and June 1, 2016 respectively.

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Clement Huang 

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