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ROUTES: Etihad to launch Los Angeles flights

Etihad Airways is to launch flights from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles International airport next summer, marking its fourth US destination.

The UAE carrier will operate the daily services using 237-seat Boeing 777-200LR aircraft on the route, which it will launch pending regulatory approvals at the start of June 2014. The airline says its the new route caters for growing leisure and business traffic demands in Los Angeles.

Etihad already operates flights to Chicago O'Hare, New York JFK and Washington Dulles.

Vijay Poonoosamy, Etihad’s vice president, international and public affairs says: “I’m particularly pleased that with World Routes coming to the USA for the first time my president and chief executive James Hogan was able to announce in Los Angeles that we will be starting operations there in June next year. This will be our fourth US destination.”

Hogan himself highlights the importance of the US market to the carrier and the UAE. "The expansion of the US network also will be of considerable benefit to the growing commercial and cultural ties between the US and UAE, with trade between the two countries set to increase beyond the current annual level of USD 22.5 billion," says Hogan.

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