Etihad to boost Dallas/Fort Worth service
aTP- Arab tourism portal News- UAE national carrier Etihad Airways is set to boost its frequency on the Dallas/Fort Worth – Abu Dhabi route from three to daily service early next year in response to heightened demand from guests traveling between the two destinations.
Beginning February 2, Etihad will add four new flights each week on the route to support the existing Wednesday, Friday and Sunday services. The Abu Dhabi airline, which launched the non-stop route in December 2014, will continue to operate a Boeing 777-200 Long Range aircraft featuring eight First Class seats, 40 Business and 191 seats in Economy Class.
The additional frequencies will also provide 96 tons of more cargo capacity each week to facilitate the movement of international freight to and from Dallas/Fort Worth. Kevin Knight, Etihad Aviation Group chief strategy and planning officer, said: "Since launching our service less than two years ago, the response from our guests travelling between Dallas/Fort Worth and our home Abu Dhabi and beyond, has exceeded expectations."
"We are therefore delighted to further expand this service into a daily operation to meet strong market demand," stated Knight. "The increased frequency will provide greater convenience and more options to business and leisure travelers throughout the Texas region, and will also cater to the huge travel market from India and the subcontinent to and from our Dallas/Fort Worth gateway and beyond," he added.
According to him, Abu Dhabi’s unique geographical position, along with the airline’s extensive route network and that of codeshare partner American Airlines, ensures guests are provided easy access between two major worldwide hubs and reinforces its commitment to the US, a key global market.
Sean Donohue, the chief executive of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), said: "We are excited by the news that Etihad Airways will soon increase their service to daily flights." "This move shows the strength of the North Texas market for international business and leisure travel, and further demonstrates that a great amount of global business flows through DFW. We thank Etihad for their continuing partnership and their service to our customers, our region and our airport," he stated.