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Etihad Airways launches direct service to Washington, DC
"No other UAE carrier is offering nonstop services between DC and the UAE, so this capital-to-capital link is a huge opportunity for Etihad Airways," said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive.
The Washington region is home to America's second largest market flying to the Middle East, after New York.
We're wondering if the highly-acclaimed airline's new route will cut in to Qatar Airways' market share. The airline had previously captured the luxury route with directs to Doha and easy UAE connections.
The US is the fifth largest trade partner worldwide for the UAE.
"The point-to-point traffic between DC and Abu Dhabi is expected to contribute significantly to overall loads on the route," Hogan added.
Etihad, the "fastest growing airline in history," won World's Leading Airline, World's Leading Airline First Class, and World's Leading Airline to the Middle East at the World Travel Awards earlier this year.
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