UAE’s national carrier Etihad Airways is set to increase the frequencies of its flights to Dallas/Fort Worth early next year. The daily flights will be launched effective from February 2, 2017. The flights on the route are being increased to tackle the growing passenger demand.
Etihad Airways had earlier launched nonstop flights on Abu Dhabi-Dallas/Fort Worth route in December 2014. The airline in a statement said that it will now be adding four new flights to complement the existing thrice weekly services on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The increased frequency is aimed at providing flexibility and enhanced travel options to business and leisure travelers from the Middle East and Indian subcontinent to gain seamless access throughout the Texas region.
While providing the details of the new schedule, the airline said that outbound Flight EY161 will make its departure from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 09:20 hours and arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 15:55 hours. The return Flight EY160 will take off from Dallas/Fort Worth at 19:20 hours and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 20:15 hours next day. The airline has been operating the existing route with the help of a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, and will continue to operate additional frequencies utilizing the same aircraft, configured with 8 seats in first class, 40 seats in business class and 191 seats in economy class.
Etihad Airways is presently offering 45 flights per week from Abu Dhabi to six destinations in the United States. These U.S. cities include Washington D.C., San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago. The travelers from Middle East boarding Etihad Airways flights to the U.S. are offered the benefit of pre-clearance U.S. Immigration and Customs facilities at the Abu Dhabi International Airport itself, and arrive in the U.S. as domestic passengers thus avoiding the lengthy and cumbersome arrival formalities. Moreover, the airline is expecting to conduct over 4,700 flights services t/from the United States and transport around 1.2 million passengers by the end of 2016.