Top dignitaries and Etihad Airwaysâ€™ flight attendants pose for a photo during an event in New York. WAM
On Friday night, Etihad invited friends and partners to an event in New York to celebrate the airlineâ€™s latest milestone and continued commitment to the US market and its North American partners.
A number of key representatives from Abu Dhabi's tourism sector joined the delegation, including Mohammed Al Zaabi, Chief Executive Officer of Miral Asset Management; Husain Al Hashmi, Regional Manager at Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism; and Francois Bourienne, Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports. They were joined by other executives from the hospitality and travel sectors, helping to strengthen the connections between the UAE and the US.
At the gala event in New York on Friday night, Tony Douglas, Etihad Airways Group Chief Executive Officer, commented, "The US remains one of our leading markets and that is why New York and Chicago were amongst the first destinations to be serviced by Etihadâ€™s new A350. We are proud to continue to offer our guests a premier travel experience and enhanced connectivity through our growing partnership with JetBlue."
Also in attendance were executives from Etihadâ€™s longstanding codeshare partner, and New Yorkâ€™s Hometown Airline , JetBlue Airways. Etihad and JetBlue have been codeshare partners since 2014 and currently codeshare across 46 destinations throughout the Americas. JetBlue recently began code sharing on Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi to Chicago and New York, with Washington, D.C to be added soon. As Etihad prepares to increase flights to New Yorkâ€™s JFK International Airport in November, the partners are planning to add additional destinations offering travellers seamless connectivity to new gateways.
In addition to increasing connectivity through the codeshare partnership, Etihad and JetBlue are developing a frequent flyer partnership that will allow both TrueBlue frequent fliers and Etihad Guest members to earn and redeem miles across both networks.
In addition to the introduction of the A350, increased services to JFK and expanded partnership with JetBlue, in June it was announced Etihad would be one of the first airlines, and first Middle East carrier, to be offered a permanent presence at JFKâ€™s New Terminal One, with the airlineâ€™s leadership attending the groundbreaking ceremony on 8th September.
Etihad passengers travelling to the US are able to take advantage of Etihadâ€™s US pre-clearance facility, the only United States Customs and Border Protection facility in the Middle East. This allows passengers bound for the United States to process all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in Abu Dhabi before they board their flight, avoiding immigration and queues on arrival in the US.