Across the Pond

Travellers between the Gulf and North America are to be offered further options with Emirates and Etihad both announcing new services.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  July 18, 2005

Travellers between the Gulf and North America are to be offered further options with Emirates and Etihad both announcing new services. Etihad has outlined plans to serve Toronto, it’s first trans-Atlantic destination, while Emirates is to upgrade its New York Service to double-daily. Etihad will commence operations to Toronto via Brussels three times a week in October. Passengers will be able to book tickets through the carrier’s website from the end of July. “We are looking forward to our first trans-Atlantic flight to North America after only two years of operations. Our flight to Canada will be a launchpad for our services to the USA in summer 2006,” says Ian Ferguson Brown, Etihad’s head of communications. “This new operation reflects our commitment to place guests’ needs at the core of our strategic development, especially with regard to destination selection criteria. Currently, there are no direct flights from the UAE to Canada, so this route new will provide our guests with greater flexibility when travelling to Europe and North America.” Emirates, meanwhile, is to start a second daily service to New York JFK in November. The carrier, which has been flying to the Big Apple since June of 2004, plans to offer a service leaving Dubai at 01:30 in addition to the current 08:00 flight. "North America is an important market for Emirates. Our service between Dubai and New York has been extremely popular and strong customer demand has proved to us that a second daily flight is required on this ultra long-haul route,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates' executive vice president, commercial operations worldwide.

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