Etihad Airways adds new Swiss and US routes

Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles

A fantastic cake, featuring iconic religious buildings in the two cities, was baked in Zurich to celebrate the launch of daily flights to Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways on 1 June.

Etihad Airways’ new longest non-stop service is now to Los Angeles International Airport. Daily A340-500 flights started on 1 June, making the Californian city the airline’s fourth US destination after Chicago, New York and Washington. (Photos: Lester Cohen/Wire Images)

  • Etihad Airways added not one, but two new destinations to its network this week, with the launch on 1 June of daily flights from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Los Angeles (LAX) and Zurich (ZRH). Neither route is served by any other carrier. The shorter 4,780-kilometre route to Zurich will be served by the airline’s A330-300s, while the longer 13,490-kilometre sector to Los Angeles will be flown by the airline’s A340-500s. This becomes the airline’s new longest sector, beating the 12,120-kilometre route to Sao Paulo. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and CEO, said: “Los Angeles is an iconic city and one of the world’s premier travel destinations and we are delighted that today it becomes part of the Etihad Airways global network. The greater Los Angeles area has a diverse population of more than 18 million people, the second largest in the US, who can now access direct flights to Abu Dhabi and beyond into the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.” Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports, said: “We are thrilled Etihad Airways chose LAX, gateway to the world, for this new, historic service and warmly congratulate them on their inauguration. Etihad Airways joins an impressive list of international air carriers that are now able to offer passengers an improved and exceptional level of customer service with the opening of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal.” 


  1. Shah says:

    Don’t fly Etihad’s AUH-LAX Route if you are connecting from Pakistan or India within 3.5 to 4 hour window. They have history of “Creating” delays on days when they overbook AUH-LAX. (AUH-LAX leaves at 850, your flight from Pak or India which was supposed to get to AUH at 6am will get there at 8 and you won’t have enough time to board.

    Then they will get you into east coast to Washington at 11am Gulf time flight and put you on grey hound American or United domestic flight for 6 hours.. Pay a little extra and Fly Emirates DUBAI-LAX and save time, emirates is much better with timing.

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