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December 12, 2013

Etihad Airways to launch nonstop flights between DFW and Abu Dhabi next year

Etihad_Boeing_777-300EREtihad Airways announced it will launch nonstop service between Dallas/Fort Worth Airport and Abu Dhabi next December.

The Persian Gulf airline said it will have three flights a week starting on December 3, 2014 to connect DFW to its headquarters hub.

Etihad is the third Middle East carrier to add service to DFW Airport. Emirates Airlines started service to Dubai in February 2012 while Qatar Airways announced earlier this month that it will launch service to Doha starting in June.

Etihad senior vice president of the Americas Geert Boven said the company chose to add service to DFW because of its interline and codeshare relationship with American Airlines.

"The business opportunities between the Texas region [and Abu Dhabi], in oil and gas but also construction companies and financial services, those things are important [to our decision]," Boven said. "It's the opportunity to be able to connect major markets."

Etihad said it will use a Boeing 777-200LR on the DFW route. The aircraft has 8 first class suites, 40 business class flatbed seats and 189 economy class seats.

The flight will depart on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from Abu Dhabi at 9:45 a.m. and arrive at DFW at 4:30 p.m. that day. The return flight will leave DFW at 6:45 p.m. and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 7:50 p.m. the next day. The flight takes about 16 hours and 20 minutes.

The carrier currently flies to New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. It will be adding service to Los Angeles in June.

Photo of a Boeing 777-300 courtesy of Etihad Airways.

-Andrea Ahles

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