ABU DHABI 4 June 2017: Etihad Airways introduced the Airbus A380 aircraft on its second daily service between the UAE capital and New York JFK.
All 14 weekly flights between the two cities are now operated with the double-decker aircraft.
The superjumbo has replaced a three-class Boeing 777-300ER previously operating one of the airline’s twice daily flights. The new deployment means that New York will join London and Sydney as an all-A380 operation.
Etihad Airways launched daily nonstop flights to New York JFK on 26th October 2006, and introduced a second daily service in March 2014. It subsequently upgraded one of the daily flights to an A380 aircraft in November 2015.
Emirates inaugural flight from Dubai to Zagreb, Croatia
Emirates’ inaugural Boeing 777-300ER flight from Dubai touched down in Zagreb to a water cannon salute and traditional Croatian folk dancers, with more than 350 passengers on board.
Travelling on today’s flight EK129 was Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Aucoc, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Europe and Russia, Gari Cappelli, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Croatia, Ali Al Ahmed, UAE Ambassador to Croatia, and a contingent of partners and business leaders from Dubai, Hong Kong, India and China.
On landing, the delegation was received by Jacques Feron, CEO of Franjo Tudman Airport, and senior airport and local officials.
The new daily flight will open up access to more than 80 worldwide destinations in Emirates’ global network for Croatian travellers and vice-versa. Travel from Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur, or Sydney and Melbourne can all be achieved with one stop at Emirates’ Dubai hub.
By Sheena Amos