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Etihad Plans 4th US City In 2014; Major Partners  
User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24863 posts, RR: 46
Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10640 times:

On the sidelines of this weeks Washington D.C. inaugural service, CEO James Hogan said "We have another American city tabled for next year," he said. "We'll announce it at the back-end of this year."

Dulles becomes the carriers 4th North America destination adding to Chicago, JFK and Toronto.

Hogan also promised news about "Major new partners within the next few weeks. We've got three coming in the next few weeks. A couple of them will take the world by surprise. They're both major alliance members."

So what is #4 ?

Me thinks it will be the West Coast.


Story:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/04/03/etihad/2049069/

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User currently offlinemtnwest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10609 times:
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I would assume LAX. No reason, but seems logical. Or SLC. JK about that.....


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User currently offlinejcwr56 From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 476 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10460 times:

Quoting mtnwest1979 (Reply 1):
I would assume LAX



I would agree, seeming I was asked about ORD being used as diversion city for a west coast flight.


User currently offlineSCQ83 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10462 times:

Just to get out of the obvious (LAX), a major global partner could be DL? Considering how Etihad is approaching everyone at SkyTeam (AFKL, Alitalia, Czech, Saudia...)... maybe out of the other 2 also Aeroflot, Vietnam or Korean to expand their network in Russia/Asia?

In that case, maybe moving the ATL-DXB to ATL-AUH operated by Etihad could make some sense (they made the same with Garuda)? Just wondering, ATL is the busiest airport in the world and they don't have service from the ME3 (yet there is service with DL to the Gulf).


User currently offlineblrBird From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 578 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9876 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):
Me thinks it will be the West Coast.


Obvious one is LAX but will they start off with SFO?



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User currently offlinemiami From United States of America, joined Sep 2012, 934 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 9675 times:
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LAX would be a no-brainer. I can see Ethiad start services to LAX.

And why not MIA as well?     



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User currently offlineyellowtail From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 6050 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 9562 times:

Dark Horse maybe: IAH?


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User currently offlinedtwlax From United States of America, joined Aug 2009, 789 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9107 times:

Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 3):
In that case, maybe moving the ATL-DXB to ATL-AUH operated by Etihad could make some sense

I do not think so. DL fills up ATL-DXB with connections from the South-east. That is a 1-stop flight to DXB. If ETihad operates ATL-AUH, that adds the extra stop which may not work since there are plenty of other options if one has to go for a 2-stop DXB route.

Quoting miami (Reply 5):
LAX would be a no-brainer. I can see Ethiad start services to LAX.

While LAX seems a no-brainer, will Etihad be willing to go against EK at LAX? Does Etihad have the aircraft to do AUH-LAX ?


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24863 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 8885 times:

Quoting dtwlax (Reply 7):
will Etihad be willing to go against EK at LAX?

They go against EK to JFK, YYZ and now IAD, along with other stations globally. The carriers compete vigorously.

Quoting dtwlax (Reply 7):
Does Etihad have the aircraft to do AUH-LAX ?

They have both the A345 and 77W.



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User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12900 posts, RR: 100
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8789 times:
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Quoting LAXintl (Thread starter):
Hogan also promised news about "Major new partners within the next few weeks. We've got three coming in the next few weeks. A couple of them will take the world by surprise. They're both major alliance members."

This has me curious. Only DL and UA remain 'open' for US partners unless AA joins the 'we're in OneWorld but will ignore the regional partner club.'

Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 3):
Just to get out of the obvious (LAX), a major global partner could be DL?

If its DL as a partner.

Quoting yellowtail (Reply 6):

Dark Horse maybe: IAH?

If its UA as a partner.


I expect ORD or MIA if AA is the north American partner.


But wouldn't the most 'out there' surprise of a partner for North America be AC?    So if we're really talking 'dark hourse,' have AC fly YYZ-AUH and then EY fly to a 2nd Canadian destination.    Ok, like a 1% chance (at most), but hey, if we're going to talk 'Dark Horse' theories.   

Quoting dtwlax (Reply 7):
Does Etihad have the aircraft to do AUH-LAX ?

EK does it with the 77W, which is in EY's fleet. Or the A345. Either are built for ULH.

Quoting miami (Reply 5):
And why not MIA as well?

Only if AA partners with them.   


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User currently offlinehhslax2 From Bahrain, joined Jan 2012, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8751 times:

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 9):
Only if AA partners with them.

AA already partners with EY.

http://www.etihadairways.com/en/about-us/our-partners/


User currently offlineSCQ83 From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8682 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 8):
They go against EK to JFK, YYZ and now IAD, along with other stations globally. The carriers compete vigorously.

In the case of DC, EY announced IAD first and then EK jumped into it as well (and finally EK started IAD before EY).

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 8):
But wouldn't the most 'out there' surprise of a partner for North America be AC? So if we're really talking 'dark hourse,' have AC fly YYZ-AUH and then EY fly to a 2nd Canadian destination. Ok, like a 1% chance (at most), but hey, if we're going to talk 'Dark Horse' theories.

I thought as well about AC when they say "A couple of them will take the world by surprise"... let's see.  
Quoting hhslax2 (Reply 10):
AA already partners with EY.

http://www.etihadairways.com/en/about-us/our-partners/

Soon it will be shorter to list the airlines EY has no partnership with. My feeling is that the government of AUH is quite interested to attract foreign carriers to their airport. They don't have Emirates (nor an airport like DXB where every other carrier flies to), nor even a more recognizable carrier like QR (even if there are very few other airlines in DOH)... so at least they want to make AUH an hybrid with Etihad and a "hub" of foreign carriers. By partnering with EY (and I guess offering them good conditions), they have got Air Berlin, Alitalia, Czech Airlines, Garuda (moving from DXB), KLM and Virgin Australia on board. Not bad.

That was my point about Delta... if they could get them moving to Abu Dhabi... it will probably be a triumph over Dubai in this UAE political-sheikh battle.


User currently offlinebehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4755 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8500 times:

Two new partners I am guessing would be DL and KE.

Please note that ATL-DXB is a very successful route for DL with J class usually being sold out. A lot of their DXB pax connect onwards to FZ and 4Q to KBL and Iraq respectively and pay high fares for doing so.

AUH does not have the number of flights to both these markets versus DXB hence if DL switch to AUH, it wont be in their best interest. Rather EY should seriously look at terminating its relationship with AA on domestic USA and trans-atlantic services and instead focus on code sharing with DL who offer a bigger domestic network out of JFK and IAD. In addition, DL's presence in mainland Europe to USA is far bigger than AA in the key markets of France, Germany, Benelux, Italy and Scandinavia where AA lacks an effective presence. The 4th city in USA I would guess for EY would be LAX or ATL. LAX-AUH can be easily operated with their new B77W (3 class version) and be scheduled in the same manner as EK 215/216.


User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24863 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8484 times:

Food for thought -- the head of strategy at Etihad is former SVP Network at United. Surely he is still well connect with his former colleagues and Star partners.

Quoting lightsaber (Reply 9):
I expect ORD or MIA if AA is the north American partner.

Etihad has been serving Chicago since 2009.



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User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3029 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8432 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):

Kevin Knight? Good point. But I would also note that Delta had a pretty decent presence at the IAC luncheon where Hogan made these comments, so who knows...


User currently offlinecolumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7057 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8432 times:

I hope it would be American as it would be the best for Air Berlin in which EY has a stake in.


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User currently offlineIAH59 From Pakistan, joined Nov 2012, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 8361 times:

I say IAH due to the energy sector traffic as well as people using the middle east as a 1 stop to there next destination. Also Houston and Abu Dhabi are sister cities. If not Houston than Dallas to target traffic down south that's my guess.

User currently offlinenickofatlanta From Australia, joined May 2000, 1485 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8345 times:

Quoting columba (Reply 15):

Can't see it with AA's recently announced codeshare deal with QR and rumours of a deal with EK.


User currently offlineCaliAtenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 8150 times:

It better be LAX! . But why wait till 2014?  

User currently offlinelightsaber From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12900 posts, RR: 100
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6562 times:
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Quoting hhslax2 (Reply 10):
AA already partners with EY.

True, I phrased poorly. I meant at MIA.   

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):
Etihad has been serving Chicago since 2009.

OOPs... my bad.   

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User currently offlinehohd From United States of America, joined May 2008, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5015 times:

It is most likely LAX, followed by MIA. Since Skyteam is a likely partner, ATL is likely, however the DL flight will be cannibalized from ATL, so it is most likely LAX and LAX can handle one more carrier. IAH is unlikely as it has too many carriers to the middle east area (EK, QR and TK).

User currently offlinenikeson13 From United States of America, joined Dec 2011, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4613 times:

SFO? LAX? PDX? YVR is not yet served by the Middle East...

User currently offlineLJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4463 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 13):
Food for thought -- the head of strategy at Etihad is former SVP Network at United. Surely he is still well connect with his former colleagues and Star partners.

Yet, we're talking about an airline (EY) which publically favours Skyteam. Moreover, all their recentg actions (AF, AZ, GA, KL and KQ partnerships) are more towards Skyteam than Star. Finally, I recall that LH (the grandfather of Star) doesn't actually like gulf airlines.

Quoting hohd (Reply 20):
Since Skyteam is a likely partner, ATL is likely

Your assumption is that EY will go for feeding a hub. I think that they won't go for a hub airport. However, I don't think they'll do that (they'll letg ATL for DL). My guess would be LAX, SFO or IAH.

Quoting CaliAtenza (Reply 18):
It better be LAX! . But why wait till 2014?

Probably lack of aircraft. They can't operate one of their own flights to CDG (1 daily will be operated by an AF A340) and have leased an A330 from 9W.

Quoting SCQ83 (Reply 3):
Just to get out of the obvious (LAX), a major global partner could be DL? Considering how Etihad is approaching everyone at SkyTeam (AFKL, Alitalia, Czech, Saudia...)... maybe out of the other 2 also Aeroflot, Vietnam or Korean to expand their network in Russia/Asia?

I would say China Southern together with Korean and Aeroflot (as they still have their US agreement with AA). They already have a codeshare partnership with VN, so they won't be it.


User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2149 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

Surely I don't know what I'm talking about, but who flies Etihad? I can't imagine they have much of a local market, and competition from the US to South Asia is very deep.

User currently onlinejayunited From United States of America, joined Jan 2013, 888 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3306 times:

Quoting AF022 (Reply 23):
Surely I don't know what I'm talking about, but who flies Etihad? I can't imagine they have much of a local market, and competition from the US to South Asia is very deep.

I don't know who exactly is flying Etihad but I can tell you that their AUH-ORD-AUH flight does extremely well they have a lot of local passengers as well as connecting passengers from both AA and UA and the plane goes out full almost every day . Although I will say that the plane they use for Chicago is their 2 class 777-300er with 384 seats in coach alone so I'm not sure how their yields are on this particular route especially with Air India flying out of Chicago as well.


User currently offlinecapitalflyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

Quoting behramjee (Reply 12):
focus on code sharing with DL who offer a bigger domestic network out of JFK and IAD

DL has a very meager flight schedule out of IAD. Codeshare would not be a factor there, O&D would be.


User currently offlineIAH59 From Pakistan, joined Nov 2012, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

Quoting jayunited (Reply 24):
with Air India flying out of Chicago as well

Also PIA.


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