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Etihad Airways Brings A380 Back to New York: Inside the Plane

Etihad Airways has announced it will fly its double-decker A380 to the Big Apple. Service to New York JFK starts on 22 April 2024.

Etihad Airways Brings A380 Back to New York
  • Etihad Airways will fly its much-loved A380 on the popular Abu Dhabi – New York JFK route from 22 April 2024
  • The superjumbo is right on time for the busy summer travel period and key corporate travel market.
  • The Residence, the world’s only three-room suite in the sky, delivers a legendary flying experience with a special promotional offer to celebrate the launch.

Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways, says: “We’re thrilled to start flying our remarkable A380 across the Atlantic, and we know our guests love the onboard experience. Whether they are flying in Economy, Business, First or the three-room suite in the sky, The Residence, they will enjoy elevated levels of service from our dedicated crew, and ensure they arrive in the city that never sleeps refreshed and relaxed. We know this is important for all our guests, not least our corporate customers, and the timing and comfort provided by the A380 means they can arrive fresh and ready for their business appointments.

“Putting the A380 on the popular New York route makes sense as we satisfy customer demand for more capacity, further growing our expanding network. The fact that our new route to Boston, Etihad’s fourth US gateway, will open on 31 March, three weeks before our A380 starts flying to New York, underlines our ambitious growth plans.”

Enhancement To Critical US Market

The introduction of the A380 has greatly increased Etihad’s capacity in the important US market, with connections to the wider GCC and Indian subcontinent. This will attract more visitors to experience the exciting attractions of Abu Dhabi.

Etihad will operate the A380 on one of its daily flights to New York. The other daily flight will be serviced by a 787-9 aircraft, offering First, Business, and Economy cabins.

Following its service return, the A380 will now serve as Etihad’s second destination, joining London to offer passengers a remarkable experience.

Inside: Etihad Airways A380

Etihad’s A380 offers an exceptional experience for every guest on board, whether flying in the Economy cabin or the First Apartments.

Etihad Airways Economy

You’ll find a dedicated welcome area in the Economy cabin that sets the tone for your journey. With 68 extra legroom seats, you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out. Plus, the 337 Economy Smart seats feature Etihad’s signature fixed-wing headrests and large pillows, ensuring maximum comfort throughout your flight.

Etihad Airways Business Studios

For those in the Business Studios, you’ll enjoy an exclusive haven with 70 private spaces on the upper deck. This ensures a stress-free and peaceful journey. Collaborating with Armani/Casa, Etihad has designed the Business experience with sophistication in mind. Premium ceramics, glassware, cutlery, and fabrics add a touch of luxury to your flight. Plus, you’ll have access to comprehensive Wi-Fi and extra comfort and convenience, allowing business travelers to stay productive and connected.

On the same deck, you’ll also find The Lobby, a serviced lounge and bar area situated between the First and Business cabins.

Etihad Airways First Apartments

If you’re lucky enough to be flying in the First Apartments, get ready for the ultimate luxury experience. With nine private spaces, each equipped with designer tableware, a spacious leather lounge chair, and a separate ottoman that transforms into an 80″ lie-flat bed, you’ll feel like royalty from beginning to end. First-class guests also have the privilege of personal vanity units and exclusive access to the First-class shower room.

Etihad’s A380 makes your journey unforgettable no matter what class you’re flying.

The Residence

At the height of luxury lies The Residence, an exclusive three-room suite in the sky. This extraordinary accommodation can host up to two guests. It includes a private living room, bedroom, and ensuite bathroom with a shower. This is the ultimate luxury at an altitude of 40,000 feet. A team of dedicated Etihad cabin crew members ensures unrivaled service throughout your journey.

In The Residence, guests can savor a remarkable culinary experience with an à la carte menu. It is served on exquisite designer tableware in the intimate setting of the private living room. For those seeking ultimate indulgence, there is even the option of enjoying breakfast in bed. From gourmet cuisine to exquisite champagne and caviar, The Residence Signature High Tea offers a range of opulent choices.

Now, fulfilling the dream of experiencing The Residence is just a click away. Visit to find out more and book. Take advantage of special offer prices starting from 10,999 AED ($2,990) for an unforgettable upgrade from a First-class ticket. This exceptional offer is available for purchase between November 29 and December 12, 2023. Fares start at 10,999 AED for one person or 14,999 AED for two, one-way. Travel dates are available from April 22, 2024, excluding June 14-24, 2024.

The standard rate for a one-way The Residence upgrade between Abu Dhabi and New York is 16,600 AED per person.

About Etihad Airways

Established in 2003, Etihad Airways has quickly emerged as one of the world’s leading airlines. Operating from its Abu Dhabi hub, Etihad serves passenger and cargo destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Etihad offers access to a vast network of international destinations along with its codeshare partners. Over the years, Etihad has garnered numerous accolades for its exceptional service, top-notch products, cargo offerings, and loyalty program.

Etihad has adopted sustainability practices to recognize the urgency of addressing the climate crisis. The airline earned Airline Ratings Environmental Airline of the Year for 2022 and 2023. Etihad collaborates with major global aviation brands and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to drive sustainable initiatives.

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