Etihad Airways' A380 launches flights to New York JFK

Etihad’s A380 Debuts on NY Route with Luxury Three-Room Suite

Etihad Airways’ inaugural A380 flight from Abu Dhabi to New York landed at JFK Airport on April 22, marking a significant upgrade with the introduction of The Residence, an exclusive three-room suite.

The arrival of flight EY1 not only enhances the airline’s luxury offerings but also brings a new level of comfort to transatlantic travel.

During the celebratory launch in Abu Dhabi, the aircraft’s arrival was met with much fanfare as pilots displayed the US and UAE flags, symbolizing the strong ties between the two nations. This grand welcome underscored the importance of the New York route in Etihad’s expanding network.

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 travelling 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 travellers, 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.”

By deploying the A380, Etihad significantly increases its capacity on one of its key routes, enhancing its ability to serve the US market. This increase is expected to attract more tourists and business travelers to Abu Dhabi, promoting the city as a premier destination for both business and leisure.

Etihad’s decision to operate one of its two daily New York flights with an A380, and the other with a Boeing 787-9, offers passengers varied options in service and amenities.

Etihad Airways inaugural flight EY1 to new york jfk with a380

Welcome onboard

Every guest in Etihads A380 is treated to a unique and elevated experience. For those in Economy, a dedicated welcome area sets the tone. The cabin boasts 68 extra legroom seats with an additional 4 inches of space, along with 337 Economy Smart seats featuring Etihad’s signature fixed-wing headrests and large pillows for maximum comfort.

On the upper deck, the Business Studios provide an exclusive haven with 70 private spaces, ensuring a stress-free journey. The upper deck also houses The Lobby, a serviced lounge and bar area between the First and Business cabins. Collaborating with Armani/Casa, Etihad brings sophistication to the Business experience, offering premium ceramics, glassware, cutlery, and fabrics. Comprehensive Wi-Fi connection and extra levels of comfort and convenience make it easy for business travellers to remain productive and in touch.

First Apartments take luxury to new heights 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. First-class guests can enjoy personal vanity units and access to the exclusive First-class shower room.

The Residence in Etihad’s A380

At the pinnacle of luxury is The Residence, the world’s only three-room suite in the sky. Accommodating up to two guests, The Residence features a private living room, bedroom, and ensuite bathroom, complete with a shower at 40,000 feet. A dedicated team of Etihad cabin crew ensures unparalleled service.

Guests in The Residence can indulge in a culinary journey with an la carte menu, served on designer tableware in the private living room, or even opt for breakfast in bed. From gourmet cuisine to champagne and caviar, The Residence Signature High Tea offers a range of lavish options.

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