Etihad Chicago Route Begins in September

Etihad Airways first flight from Abu Dhabi to Chicago will depart on 2 September. Chicago is the third largest city in the United States.  There will initially be three flights a week but starting on 1 October, flights will be daily.  The new route is aimed at boosting Etihad’s North American presence.  The new flight service will operate on an Airbus A340-500 wide body aircraft with a capacity for 240 passengers. 

Etihad Airways new destinations this year are Chicago, Melbourne, Hyderabad, Larnaca, Istanbul, and Athens.  A senior Etihad executive said “We see an average 14% airline capacity growth through to 2020.”  The airline expects revenues of about Dh11.4 billion ($3.1 billon) in 2009.

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