Saturday, February 7, 2009
Etihad Airways has officially confirmed that it will be launching new daily nonstop flights to ORD-Chicago from its Abu Dhabi hub effective Sept 2nd 2009. EY will fly the route using a 3 class Airbus A 340-500. Initially, the route will be flown 3 times a week but then will be increased to daily flights from Oct 1st onwards.
Flight timings are as follows:
EY 151 Dep AUH 1020 Arr ORD 1640
EY 150 Dep ORD 2030 Arr AUH 2055+1
Very good move to launch ORD before EK and QR do. They will get high loads to Pakistan and Dhaka especially plus give Air India/BA/LH/AF a good run for their money to BOM/DEL. One should not be surprised to see EK following suit this year with their own DXB-ORD nonstop flights using a B 777-300ER!