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December 03, 2014

Etihad Airways to touch down for the first time at DFW Airport on Wednesday

The first flight connecting Abu Dhabi and Dallas/Fort Worth is in the air right now, heading to Texas.

On Wednesday, Etihad Airways launched its nonstop service between the United Arab Emirates and DFW. It will have three flights a week until next spring when it will increase to daily flights.

Etihad is using a Boeing 777-200LR on the route with eight first class seats, 40 business class seats and 177 seats in economy. Passengers on the flight will not have to enter through U.S. customs as they pass through a pre-clearance facility in Abu Dhabi. As a result, if they have a domestic connecting flight out of DFW, they can head straight to their connecting gate once they land.

With the addition of Etihad, DFW becomes one of only four airports in the U.S. that has all three Gulf carriers operating flights to the Middle East. Emirates Airline and Qatar Airways both have daily flights to Dubai and Doha respectively. Earlier this fall, Emirates increased its capacity on its Dubai route with the use of a double-decker Airbus A380 on the route.

If you want to follow the inaugural Etihad Airways flight, which left a couple of hours late, click here. The flight is expected to land at 5:27 p.m. CST.

-Andrea Ahles



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