Etihad launches direct Washington DC service

by Ella FAIRCHILD on February 23, 2012

Etihad Airways today announced the launch of new daily direct flights to Washington, DC; making the destination the carrier’s fourth in North America overall.

The service is to be launched on 13 March, subject to regulatory approvals. Washington DC and its surrounding areas represent the US’ second-biggest market for people flying to Middle Eastern countries, second only to New York City. DC will be linked to Abu Dhabi by Etihad’s new service.

Breaking the news, Etihad Airways chief executive James Hogan said that no other UAE airline is currently offering non-stop services that run between DC and Abu Dhabi, nor any other UAE city for that matter. The new service is tipped to strengthen already strong economic ties that the UAE shares with the US’ National Capital Region.

Just Last week, the Department of Commerce published data that showed total trade volume between the America and the UAE having risen to $18.3 billion over the last 12 months, representing a 43 per cent increment from the year before.

This means that, for what is the third year on the trot, the UAE leads the Middle East when measuring the largest export market for American goods. Currently, the US is the UAE’s fifth largest trade partner worldwide. It was added by Hogan that traffic between DC and Abu Dhabi will make a significant contribution to loads on the route, with connectivity to markets in South East Asia or the Indian Subcontinent also possible.

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