The route is currently served by an Etihad A340-500, but the switch to a Boeing 777-300ER means capacity will increase by 36.6%.
That’s a good thing, considering more than 800,000 passengers have flown on the route since its launch in October 2006 – including a record 155,000 passengers last year.
The aircraft will be configured with eight Diamond First class, 40 Pearl Business class and 280 Coral Economy class seats.
The aircraft change also makes it possible for “Etihad Wi-Fly” inflight connectivity to be offered on every Etihad Airways flight to and from New York.
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“We are responding to passenger demand by continuously investing in our fleet and upgrading routes where we see a need for more capacity,” commented James Hogan, Etihad Airways CEO in a press release.
“The change to the Boeing-777 aircraft, the largest three-class aircraft in our fleet, on the New York route is a demonstration of our commitment to expand our services in the US.”
Etihad Airways currently operates 14 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft across its network and will take delivery of a further four this year, enabling the aircraft change on the New York route.
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