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Etihad has joined the growing list of airlines that are scheduling increased services between their home hubs and various cites in the United States and, in some cases, restarting routes that have been mothballed since the start of the current crisis. Etihad’s latest schedule changes seen the airline planning to significantly increase services to Chicago and New York in just a few weeks’ time.
Etihad Adds Services To Two US Routes
As things stand, Etihad offers just one flight per week between Abu Dhabi and Chicago (on Sundays) and one weekly flight between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK (Wednesdays). From next month that’s set to change.
Abu Dhabi – Chicago O’Hare
From 16 July 2020 Etihad is scheduled to return to offering a daily service between Abu Dhabi and Chicago O’Hare. The service will initially be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the following schedule:
EY151 AUH 08:55 – 15:20 ORD (Daily)
EY150 ORD 19:30 – 18:05+1 day AUH (Daily)
At the present time there are no further frequency increases scheduled but the Dreamliner is set to be replaced by a Boeing 777-300ER from 24 July.
Abu Dhabi – New York JFK 1 daily 787-9
From 17 July 2020 Etihad is scheduled to return to offering a daily service between Abu Dhabi and New York JFK. The service will initially be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the following schedule:
EY101 AUH 08:10 – 14:20 JFK (Daily)
EY100 JFK 21:10 – 18:15+1 day AUH (Daily)
From 24 July 2020, the 787-9 Dreamliner is scheduled to be replaced by an Airbus A380 but this is less than certain to happen. Etihad appears to be zeroing out all First Class inventory on its A380s and with the airline not offering any explanation for this move, there are rumors circulating that the Etihad A380 fleet may be about to be grounded.
It’s fantastic to see more and more services being scheduled to return (Qatar Airways scheduled more services to the US last week and I wrote about Turkish Airlines adding more services earlier today) but, as I said earlier, all of these changes should be approached with a good deal of caution. The current travel crisis is far from being over and the pandemic is still going strong so situations can and will change between now and August. Do not make any bookings based purely on this information as Etihad’s schedules may well change again.
[HT: Routes Online for the heads up on some of these changes]