Etihad Airways announced today that they’ll be launching three times weekly service between Abu Dhabi and Dallas as of December 2, 2014. The new flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. Etihad doesn’t have any of these in their fleet yet, but is in the process of acquiring some from Air India. They’ll be reconfigured with similar cabins to what they have on the rest of their 777-300ER and A340-500 fleet. The 777-200LR aircraft will feature eight first class seats, 40 business class seats, and 189 economy class seats.

This will be Etihad’s fifth US destination, after Chicago, New York, Washington, and Los Angeles (service on that route launches on June 1, 2014). Since the new service is still nearly a year out, reservations haven’t yet opened for the flight, and the schedule hasn’t yet been published, though like all of Etihad’s other US flights I suspect it’ll be a daytime flight westbound and redeye eastbound.

Interestingly this announcement comes just a week after Qatar Airways’ announcement that they’ll be launching daily service to Dallas as of July 1, 2014. This now means that all three of the Middle Eastern “giants” will have nonstop service to Dallas.

This route is rather interesting for Etihad, since I’m sure one of their primary motivations for launching this service is American’s huge hub in Dallas. Etihad doesn’t belong to any alliance though is one of American’s partners, and they codeshare on many routes. However, I can’t help but wonder how stable the relationship between American and Etihad is. Qatar Airways recently joined the OneWorld alliance, and is a fairly new partner of American’s, so you have to wonder if they’ll ask for some sort of Middle Eastern monogamy at some point. After all, they’re launching service to many of the “new” American’s hubs, including Miami and Philadelphia.

Interesting times in the industry!


(Tip of the hat to Luke)

  1. December 12th, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    hkairlinenews said,

    Fresh new aircraft for Etihad and a new American destination – I’m impressed

    Will first class also be the beige leather seats? They’re not the best in the world and the only thing I can fault in Etihad, besides the 3-4-3 configuration.

  2. December 12th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    lucky said,

    @ hkairlinenews — First class will be the fully enclosed suites. One of the best hard products in the world, in my opinion.

  3. December 12th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Stuart Falk said,

    I just booked a first class award on Ethiad from Abu Dhabi to LAX for next October and had no trouble getting the award. (I’ll be connecting on a two class Ethiad flt from New Delhi in Business.

  4. December 12th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Michael said,

    I bet it has something to do with Sabre being their system supplier and exco are probably over having to connect to visit them.

  5. December 12th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Luke said,

    Looking forward to trying out AUH-IAD this spring in the Diamond First suites. Too bad AUH-DFW isn’t starting sooner to get a direct flight home. Nonetheless, a welcome addition to have more oneworld partners at DFW.

  6. December 12th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Lark said,

    Ben –

    Really just a small detail, but June first is just 170 days from now. Less than 6 months.

    “…route launches on June 1, 2014). Since the new service is still nearly a year out…”

    Not that I’ll be booking this flight anyway.

  7. December 12th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Levy Flight said,

    Goimg to have to try the LAX to AUH route. Not flown that far north of Greenland before.

  8. December 12th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    lucky said,

    @ Lark — I was referring to the new Dallas service, which launches next December. I’d say that’s “almost” a year out. ;)

  9. December 12th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Beachfan said,

    Does either airline publish an lax-mle fare?

  10. December 13th, 2013 at 1:27 am

    lucky said,

    @ Beachfan — Qatar Airways does, Etihad does not.

  11. December 13th, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Lark said,

    Got it. I misread your post.

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