Etihad will start daily Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi service, its third in the United States after Chicago, New York and Washington DC, on June 1, 2014, on a Boeing 77W or 77L airplane.
Flight EY170 departs from Los Angeles at 4:15PM in the afternoon and arrives to Abu Dhabi 7:35PM the following day. EY171 departs from Abu Dhabi 8:45AM and arrives to Los Angeles same day at 2:15PM.
Etihad CEO has disclosed that they are planning to add an additional US destination sometime in 2014.
Emirates, from the neighboring Dubai, also operates Los Angeles to UAE route on Airbus A380 that has almost double the capacity of Etihad’s 77W. Emirates serves Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco Seattle and Washington DC.
These gulf based airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar, that were all found in the past decade or so are starting to have some serious capacity to the States.