Etihad Airways’ Abu Dhabi to San Francisco
Six sets of scissors are better than one in San Francisco. Doing the honours are: His Excellency Abdulla Alsaboosi, Consul General of the UAE; Geert Boven, SVP – The Americas, Etihad Airways; Kandace Bender, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, San Francisco Airport; Matt Kleis, Airport Manager – San Francisco, Etihad Airways; Abdalla Murad AlRaeesi, Airport Manager, Etihad Airways; and Dan Jorgensen, Director of Sales, San Francisco, Etihad Airways.
- Etihad Airways started its new non-stop daily service between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and San Francisco, CA (SFO), the airline’s fifth destination in the US on 18 November. The 13,124-kilometre route is not actually operated on the MEB3 carrier’s own metal, as it is flown by a Jet Airways 312-seat 777-300 instead. While there is no direct competition on the city pair, fellow MEB3 carrier Emirates does offer a daily connection to the Californian city from its Dubai hub. Passengers onboard the inaugural flight were presented with special commemorative certificates, although due to ongoing drought conditions in California, the airport was unable to provide a fire truck water arch.