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Etihad’s A380 Will Fly to New York in 2024 [AUH to JFK]

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Much to the delight of luxury travelers and avgeeks around the world, Etihad’s iconic Airbus A380 has again been gracing the skies since July 25, 2023, after being grounded during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, the superjumbo has only been flying between the airline’s base in Abu Dhabi (AUH) and London (LHR), forcing travelers to get to one of those destinations in order to experience one of the best award redemptions available.

However, as flagged by One Mile at a Time, the A380 will be returning to New York City starting in April 2024.

This is great news for U.S.-based travelers who will soon have the opportunity to fly The Apartment for almost 13 hours to the UAE.

Let’s take a look at the details.

Etihad’s A380 Is Returning to NYC

While we were happy to see the A380 return to the sky, along with the opportunity to fly The Apartment and The Residence, the fact that it was only being operated on a relatively short (7-hour) flight from Abu Dhabi to London left many travelers wanting more.

Etihad Apartment Top Down View
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Well, Etihad seems to agree and announced that the 14-hour flight to and from New York (JFK) will start on April 22, 2024.

The A380 will operate daily flights between AUH and JFK on the following schedule:

  • Abu Dhabi (AUH) to New York (JFK) departing at 3:10 a.m. and arriving at 9:30 a.m. (EY103)
  • New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) departing at 3:30 p.m. and arriving at 12:30 p.m. the next day (EY102)

Etihad will also upgrade its other flight to The Big Apple to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with first class. That flight will operate on the following schedule:

  • Abu Dhabi (AUH) to New York (JFK) departing at 10:50 a.m. and arriving at 4:55 p.m. (EY101)
  • New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) departing at 10:35 p.m. and arriving at 7:30 p.m. the next day (EY100)

Etihad Drops First Class to Washington, D.C.

Unfortunately, for travelers in Washington, D.C., the Dreamliner with first class that will be flying to New York is being pulled from the Washington (IAD) route.

Etihad will still fly a 787-9 to Washington; however, it will only have two cabins: business class and economy.

That flight will be operated daily on the following schedule:

  • Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Washington, D.C. (IAD), departing at 10:30 a.m. and arriving at 5:10 p.m. (EY131)
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Abu Dhabi (AUH), departing at 9:15 p.m. and arriving at 6:15 p.m. the next day (EY130)
Bottom Line:

Etihad will start flying the A380 double-decker aircraft between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and New York (JFK) beginning April 22, 2024.

Onboard Etihad’s A380

Etihad’s A380 offers economy, business class, first class, and beyond first class is The Residence.

Quite frankly, The Residence on Eithad’s A380s knocks every other airline’s first class offering out of the park. That said, you can’t really directly compare, as The Residence is in a class of its own.

Complete with a private living room, double bed, and ensuite shower room, the outrageous 3-room suite is designed for two passengers to enjoy together.

It’s not just The Residence that makes this “whale of the skies” special: Instead of regular first class, Etihad’s A380 boats passengers 8 first class apartments.

Etihad First Class Apartment - Couples Pre Dinner
Alex and Erin Miller enjoy every second of their time in Etihad’s Apartment. Image Credit: Alex Miller

Each apartment measures in at a spacious 39 square feet and is a super-bougie way to fly if your points or cash won’t stretch to get you into The Residence.

In fact, Upgraded Points’ very own Alex and Erin Miller flew in The Apartment back in 2017 and raved about the experience.

Hot Tip:

Check out our full guide to learn everything you need to know about Etihad, from information about its amenities and customer service to baggage fees and more.

How To Fly Etihad’s A380

While the price to pay cash for first class on Etihad’s A380 can be eye-watering, often over $12,000 each way, paying with points and miles can be quite reasonable.

In fact, we have sent out multiple award alerts for The Apartment, starting at just 62,500 American Airlines AAdvantage miles each way.

Additionally, you can use Air Canada Aeroplan and Etihad Guest miles to book flights on Etihad.

Final Thoughts

It was great news when Etihad’s A380 took to the skies again earlier this year, and even more so when partner award availability was released!

The only downside was that the iconic aircraft was limited to flights between London and Abu Dhabi. Well, now that is changing.

Etihad’s A380 will be touching down in The Big Apple as of April 22, 2024, bringing along The Apartment and The Residence and the chance to book it with points and miles!

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About Chris Hassan

Chris holds a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and managed social media for all Marriott properties in South America, making him a perfect fit for UP and its social media channels. He has a passion for making content catered toward family travelers.

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