Etihad Airways begins service Abu Dhabi to San Francisco.
Last night, Etihad Airways non-stop inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi to San Francisco
touched down in the Northern California city. This is the commencement of a daily nonstop flight between the two cities. This marks the fifth U.S. destination that Etihad has established.
The Etihad flight is a partnership agreement with Jet Airways. Etihad is operating
the Boeing 777-300ER under a lease agreement. The cabin crew members will be a
combination of Etihad Airways and Jet Airways employees.
The arrival of flight EY183 was met by representatives from the diplomatic community.
In attendance for the inaugural flight was Abdulla Alsaboosi, Consul-General of the
United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Los Angeles. Members from Etihad management and
San Francisco International Airport were there to celebrate the event.
There was ceremonial ribbon-cutting at the departure and arrival gate. The guest passengers on-board the flight were the happy recipients of “special commemorative certificates”.
This flight will establish the first “direct link” between Abu Dhabi and Northern California. Both cities are known for being global tourist destinations and regional business centers. The newly established flight will also provide for interline connections on either end of the route.
Etihad entering this market will give passengers another option when traveling to/from
the UAE/USA. This also adds additional air cargo capacity to both regions being served
and creates another logistic route.
Etihad Airways was established by Royal (Amiri) Decree in July 2003. Since its’
inception, in November 2003, it has developed into one of the fastest growing airlines in
the history of commercial aviation.
Their rapid expansion is being accomplished by increasing their own fleet, partnerships,
interline code shares, and acquisitions of other air carriers.
Etihad is entering into many aviation markets, which includes international, domestic
and regional. I recently flew on a small regional Etihad aircraft round-trip
from Geneva to Valencia — this regional authority permitted due to their acquisition of Darwin Airways(Switzerland).
Abu Dhabi is the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Abu Dhabi is aggressively marketing the Emirate as having the regions’ fastest growing air cargo industry. They have a significant multi-modal logistic platform connecting
air, sea, and land.
Abu Dhabi is trending towards enhancing its’ importance as a regional logistic
hub and creating support industries, including warehousing and distribution.
Abu Dhabi is building futuristic cities bustling with international commerce and tourism.
In a few short decades, oil rich Abu Dhabi has transformed from a poor
desert nation to one of the most affluent states on the planet with financial interests around the globe.
Abu Dhabi hosts many international business and sports events including the prestigious
Formula One Grand Prix.
Abu Dhabi is a prime example of what visionary leaders, that are concerned with nation building, can achieve in a short time span that is measured in decades not centuries.
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