Etihad Airways arrives in Los Angeles

Etihad Airways (Abu Dhabi) today (June 1) launched its new daily EY 171 service between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Los Angeles (LAX).

Los Angeles is Etihad Airways’ fourth US destination, joining Chicago (O’Hare), New York (JFK) and Washington, D.C. (Dulles) on the airline’s expanding network. This will increase further on December 3, 2014 with the addition of nonstop flights to Dallas/Fort Worth.

Guests and their checked-in baggage flying from Abu Dhabi are also processed through all new US immigration, customs and agriculture inspections, before boarding the aircraft, eliminating the need to do so on arrival in the US.

The aircraft initially serving the new Los Angeles route is a three-cabin, long-range Airbus 340-500 (A6-EHA) which can accommodate 240 guests with 12 First Class suites, 28 Business Class flatbed seats, and 200 Economy Class seats.

In mid-July, the service will transition to a three-cabin, long-range Boeing 777-200 LR which will be configured with 237 seats, including eight First Class suites, 40 Business Class flatbed seats, and 189 Economy Class seats.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-541 A6-EHA (msn 748) had the honor of operating the first flight to LAX.

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