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Etihad Invades American Air’s Turf with Three Weekly Flights to Dallas

Dec 13, 2013 10:40 am

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Etihad and its Gulf peers are continually expanding routes to the U.S., which is good news for business travelers looking for superior service and bad news for U.S. carriers forced to compete.

— Samantha Shankman

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Etihad Airways said Thursday that beginning in a year it will offer three round-trip flights per week between the United Arab Emirates and Dallas, making it the fifth U.S. city served by the Persian Gulf carrier.

The airline plans to use 237-passenger Boeing 777 jets to fly between Dallas and Abu Dhabi. The planes will include eight seats in first class, 40 in business class and 189 in economy.

Like Middle Eastern competitors Emirates and Qatar Airways, Etihad has been expanding service to the United States, raising objections from some U.S. airlines. Qatar announced last week that it will begin daily nonstop flights between Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Doha next July.

The Air Line Pilots Association said Etihad’s expansion of U.S. service threatened jobs at U.S. airlines. It said that Etihad can buy Boeing jets with export subsidies paid by U.S. taxpayers — a benefit not available to U.S. airlines.

Etihad said that its Dallas flights would begin Dec. 3, 2014, and depart on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline expects many passengers to come from the oil and gas industry.

Etihad already flies to New York, Washington and Chicago and plans to add Los Angeles in June.

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