Etihad’s ultra-first product, The Residence, is coming to the U.S. with daily service between New York and Abu Dhabi.
Prepare yourselves, luxury travelers: The Residence by Etihad Airways is coming to the U.S. by the end of this year. In a press release, the UAE flag carrier announced its new Airbus A380 equipped with the super-first product will operate daily service between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).
New York joins London (LHR) as the exclusive destinations for The Residence. A first of its kind, The Residence offers travelers the highest in luxury for their dollar — an ultra-premium product featuring a private three-room suite serviced by a trained butler.
Moreover, the addition of the superjumbo to New York serves a business need for the Arabian carrier, whose Economy and Business loads regularly exceeded 80 percent between JFK and AUH. Adding the A380 allows more flyers access to the busy route.
“The U.S. is a strategically important part of Etihad Airways’ growing global network,” said James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad. “As a result of increased demand from our guests traveling between New York and Abu Dhabi — and onto the world, we are pleased to upgrade one of our two daily flights to an A380.”
Etihad’s new A380 service between JFK and AUH is scheduled to begin on December 1. The airline also anticipates adding an A380 equipped with The Residence with service to Sydney on June 1.
The announcement of the new service comes at a time when Etihad and other Arabian carriers are under fire from legacy carriers. In a report presented to White House officials, the executives from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines accused Etihad and its counterparts of receiving illegal subsidies.
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