Etihad, Cathay Pacific add Los Angeles service
Two airlines are adding service to Los Angeles beginning June 1, 2014.
Etihad Airways will launch direct flights to Los Angeles from Abu Dhabi.
Cathay Pacific Airways will add a fourth daily direct flight to Los Angeles, along with three additional direct flights to Chicago beginning Aug. 2, 2014. This will bring the number of flights to Chicago to 10 a week.
Los Angeles, with a metropolitan population of more than 18 million people, is the second largest city in the U.S. It has strengths in business, international trade, technology and medicine.
“We are delighted to add Los Angeles, a major U.S. and global destination with a significant metropolitan population and growing economy, to the Etihad Airways’ network in 2014,” James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO, said. “The expansion of the U.S. network also will be of considerable benefit to the growing commercial and cultural ties between the U.S. and UAE, with trade between the two countries set to increase beyond the current annual level of USD$22.5 billion.”
For Etihad Airways, Los Angeles will be its fourth U.S. destination, joining Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. Etihad will deploy a Boeing 777-200LR on the route.
Cathay Pacific’s fourth Los Angeles frequency will be operated by Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
“North America is an important market for Cathay Pacific, and we are pleased to be able to expand our services further and provide even more options for travelers,” John Slosar, Cathay Pacific chief executive, said.