On the heel of Emirates’ announcement launching a new route to Ft. Lauderdale, Etihad has announced that they will be increasing frequency of their flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth from Abu Dhabi in early 2017.
Etihad currently operates a flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth on Wednesdays, Friday, and Sunday. Beginning February 2, 2017, they will be bumping that up to a daily service, with the following schedule:
- EY 161: Abu Dhabi to DFW, 0920/1555
- EY 160: DFW to Abu Dhabi, 1920/2015+1
The flight is operated by a Boeing 777-200LR, with three classes of service. The aircraft features 8 First Class seats, 40 Business Class seats, and 191 Economy Class seats. Unlike Emirates’ configuration, Etihad actually offers fully flat beds with direct aisle access on their 777-200LR.
This new daily service will complement Etihad’s flights to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York JFK, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Kevin Knight, Etihad’s Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, said:
Since launching our Dallas/Fort Worth 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. 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.
Etihad partners with American Airlines here in the US, so they likely have good feed into American’s Dallas hub. This can actually be an attractive choice for passengers, since all of Etihad’s flights to the US utilize the US Customs Preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi. As a result, passengers can arrive in Dallas as if they were arriving from a domestic flight.