Etihad Airways and Jet introduce more options for air travel to US from India.

Etihad Airways on Wednesday announced the introduction of a new daily flight between Abu Dhabi and New York City from March 1. It will provide additional one-stop links to the US for Indian travellers and an easy, new option for travel from US to India.

Commencing March 1, Etihad Airways flight EY103 will depart Abu Dhabi at 1.45 am and arrive at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport at 7.45 am the same day. The return flight, EY102, will leave New York at 11.35 am, arriving in Abu Dhabi at 9.20 am the following day. These flights will complement the existing Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER service, EY101, which departs Abu Dhabi at 10.30 am, arriving in New York at 4.30 pm the same day, and EY100, which leaves New York at 9.40 pm and arrives in Abu Dhabi the next day at 7.25 pm.

The new flights will be operated by Etihad Airways with two tri-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, to be leased from Jet Airways. From May 1, 2014 Jet Airways will operate these flights. Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, James Hogan said New York was one of the airline’s most popular destinations, not only for guests flying from Abu Dhabi but also for travellers from a wide range of connecting destinations, including many in India. “These services will provide not only greater access to New York but also evidence of Abu Dhabi’s growing importance as a global air transport hub,’’ he remarked.

The new Abu Dhabi-New York flight has been scheduled to connect with evening services by Etihad Airways, Jet Airways or both carriers arriving from four Indian cities -- Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin and Chennai. Flights arriving back from New York will also connect from Abu Dhabi to these cities.

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