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New Route of the Day – Americas (31 March 2024): Etihad Airways between Abu Dhabi and Boston


Etihad Airways commenced operations between Abu Dhabi and Boston on Sunday 31 March. The 10,750-kilometre route will be maintained 4-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays with the 290-seat 787-9 aircraft. The flag carrier faces no competition between the two cities.

Flight EY147 departs Abu Dhabi at 03:10 local time, arriving in Boston at 08:50 local time. The return service, operating as flight EY148, is wheels up from the US city at 16:00 local time, touching back down in the capital of the United Arab Emirates at 12:50 the following afternoon.

What they said

Antonoaldo Neves, CEO at Etihad Airways, said: “We are thrilled to inaugurate flights to Boston, further extending our reach across the United States and enhancing connectivity for travellers. his new route not only brings the allure of Abu Dhabi and Dubai to the American Northeast but also signifies our commitment to delivering exceptional travel experiences and fostering global connections. The new route is timed to offer convenient links to our growing network for corporate business travellers and leisure guests connecting to destinations across the Middle East and our 11 routes across India.”

Edi Freni, Interim CEO and Aviation Director at airport operator Massport, added: “Massport is pleased to welcome Etihad Airways to Boston Logan International Airport with their new flight to Abu Dhabi. This route provides a key connection between Boston and the UAE, and New Englanders now have even more options when planning a trip to the Middle East and beyond.”

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Etihad now serves four US airports

Etihad Airways is slowly expanding its footprint in the US after discontinuing several destinations in the country including Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and San Francisco back in 2018 and 2019 as its strategy of investing in failed airlines across the world unravelled resulting in major financial losses for the carrier.

Since then, the airline has consolidated its network and returned to profitability. Boston joins Chicago ORD, New York JFK, and Washington IAD as Etihad’s fourth destination in the US. Additionally, flights to Toronto YYZ further expand the carrier’s North American network. Etihad boasts a partnership with JetBlue, ensuring connectivity throughout North America.

Etihad Airways’ US network is dwarfed by its larger counterpart up the road in Dubai. Emirates maintains flights to 11 airports in the US, including Boston, which is served by the A380 super-jumbo.

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