Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways will cut one of its two daily Airbus A380 flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from later this year.
The cutback will coincide with the carrier’s suspension of routes to the Scottish capital Edinburgh and Australia’s Perth on October 1, Etihad confirmed in a statement.
“Etihad Airways will amend its schedule from Abu Dhabi to New York (JFK), from a double daily to a daily service, effective 1 October 2018,” a spokesperson said.
The carrier added it would work with travel agency partners to notify and re-accommodate impacted customers.
The other daily flight EY101/100 will continue to be operated by an Airbus A380.
Etihad also said on Tuesday it would be upgrading its second Paris service from a Boeing 777-300 to an A380 on October 1, suggesting the aircraft on the suspended New York route had been redeployed.
The airline has cut back a number of routes over the last year as part of a wider review after posting a $1.87bn loss in 2016.
Etihad said in February it was pulling five Boeing 777-200LR passenger jets from its fleet after deciding last year to drop some flights that the aircraft were used on. These included services to San Francisco and Dallas Fort Worth it suspended in October and March respectively.
Sources told Gulf Business in January that the airline was preparing to cut up to 10 per cent of pilots to reduce costs.
Etihad denied the figure but said it had asked pilots to take voluntary unpaid leave.