LAHORE – Etihad Airways is keen to expand its network in the US, said President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan. He disclosed that the US specifically is among the highest performing regions across the airline’s global network, with an average 81 per cent load factor in 2012.

Hogan said: “Particularly with increasing ties between the US government and private sector, we see a demand for premium services to Washington, D.C. I am delighted to bring our award-winning Diamond First Class Suites and Pearl Business Class to the route.

Through its agreement with American Airlines, in place since September 2009, Etihad Airways will also codeshare on connecting flights between Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles and Dallas-Fort Worth. Etihad Airways currently has 41 codeshare partnerships with airlines around the globe, resulting in a combined network of 327 destinations, more than any other Middle Eastern airline.

On existing routes – New York and Chicago – a significant portion of premium bookings are for travel to/from Abu Dhabi.