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Inside The Plane: Etihad Airways’ A380 Returns To New York JFK Airport

Etihad’s A380 Loves New York
Etihad Airways A380 Returns to New York JFK Airport
  • Etihad Airways’ A380 lands at New York JFK.
  • Arriving just in time for the bustling summer travel season and the corporate travel market.
  • The super-jumbo features The Residence, the iconic three-room suite in the sky, serving up an unparalleled flying experience.

Etihad Airways launched its A380 service with The Residence suite on flight EY1 from Abu Dhabi to New York, arriving on Monday, 22 April. The inaugural flight was celebrated in Abu Dhabi and marked upon arrival at JFK Airport with pilots waving US and UAE flags.

Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “We’re thrilled to introduce our A380 experience to New York, confident that our guests will relish the exceptional onboard journey. Whether traveling in Economy, Business, First Class, or our luxurious three-room suite, The Residence, passengers can expect unparalleled service from our award-winning crew.

“We want to ensure guests arrive in the Big Apple feeling refreshed and at ease. This commitment is crucial for all our travelers, not least our corporate clients who rely on us for business travel, and we have timed our A380 services so customers arrive in New York or Abu Dhabi in time to make good use of the business day or for their onward connections.

“Introducing the A380 to the popular New York route aligns with our strategy to meet increasing customer demand and expand our network. It comes just three weeks after we launched our new route to Boston, our fourth US gateway, underlining our commitment to serving and growing the North American market.”

Etihad Airways A380 Boosts Capacity To New York

Etihad Airways has enhanced its US operations by incorporating the A380 into its fleet, thus increasing its capacity for flights to the United States. This expansion is aimed at improving connections to the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent and promoting tourism in Abu Dhabi.

One of Etihad’s two daily flights to New York will now be on an A380, with the second flight operated by a 787-9, featuring First, Business, and Economy class cabins.

An Elevated Experience In All Classes

Every guest in Etihad’s A380 has a unique and elevated experience.

Etihad Airways A380 Economy Class

Etihad’s Economy class offers a dedicated welcome area and is designed for comfort. It has 68 extra legroom seats, providing an additional 4 inches of space, and 337 Economy Smart seats, which include the airline’s signature fixed-wing headrests and large pillows.

Business Class On Etihad Airways A380

Etihad’s upper deck features Business Studios™, which offer 70 private spaces for a relaxing journey. In collaboration with Armani/Casa, the airline provides sophisticated in-flight dining experiences with premium tableware and linens. Passengers also have access to comprehensive Wi-Fi to stay productive during their flight.

Etihad A380 The Lobby

The Lobby, a serviced lounge and bar area, is located between First and Business classes.

Etihad Airways A380 First Apartments

First Apartments take luxury to new heights with nine private spaces. Each has a spacious leather lounge chair and a separate ottoman that transforms into an 80″ lie-flat bed. First-class guests can enjoy personal vanity units and access the exclusive First-class shower room. The dining service features designer tableware.

The Residence

The Residence is an exclusive three-room suite on an Etihad aircraft with room for two guests. It includes a private living room, bedroom, and bathroom with a shower. Guests benefit from the attentive service of a dedicated cabin crew. During their flight, they can enjoy an à la carte menu, champagne and caviar, and a Signature High Tea.

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