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Etihad Airways to Launch Nonstop Service to Boston on March 31

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At the end of this month, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways will be launching flights to Boston, its first new U.S. destination after years of scaling back service in North America.

Here’s everything that you need to know.

Etihad Adding Nonstop Flights to Boston

Starting Sunday, March 31, Etihad will begin nonstop service between Boston (BOS) and Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH) with a new 4-times-weekly service. Flights are available to book right now.

Etihad will operate the flight on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays according to the following schedule:

  • Depart Abu Dhabi (AUH) 3:10 a.m. — Arrive Boston (BOS) 8:55 a.m.
  • Depart Boston (BOS) 3:55 p.m. — Arrive Abu Dhabi (AUH) 12 p.m. (+1)

This flight will complement Etihad’s existing U.S. service to Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK), and Washington D.C. (IAD).

The airline will operate the route with its Boeing 787-9 aircraft featuring 299 seats, including 28 in business class (Etihad calls this product “Business Studio”) and 271 in economy.

Hot Tip:

Want to know what flying Etihad business class is like on the Boeing 787? Here’s our review of the Business Studio product.

How to Book Etihad Flights Using Points and Miles

While there are a number of ways to book Etihad flights using points and miles, here are 2 of our favorite options.

The American Airlines AAdvantage program is one of the go-to programs to use for booking Etihad awards. Business class awards from the U.S. to the Middle East will cost 70,000 AAdvantage miles one-way and should be able to be booked online.

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Business Class Aisle Seat Privacy Screen
Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Business Class. Image Credit: Greg Stone

Travelers can now also use Aeroplan miles to fly Etihad. You can redeem 85,000 Aeroplan points to fly one-way from cities on the U.S. East Coast, such as New York (JFK), Washington, D.C. (IAD), and now Boston (BOS) to Abu Dhabi (AUH).

At the time of this writing, no saver award availability could be found. However, it’s a newly announced flight, so this could change in the days and weeks to come.

Final Thoughts

Etihad’s on a bit of a roll lately. The airline recently brought its flagship Airbus A380 (with the 3-room Residence) back into service. And now it’s about to inaugurate service to a new destination in the U.S.

While the carrier’s Boston flights won’t be operated by the opulent A380 superjumbo jet, it will still have a solid Business Studio product up front. Travelers looking to get to the Middle East and beyond will now have another option out of Boston.

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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full-time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others


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