Etihad is planning to launch service to Los Angeles. Finally there is an option for West Coast flyer to Abu Dhabi with a Middle East carrier with easy award access. So far only Emirates fills that need. But Emirates awards are really expensive.
American Airlines offers the award in First Class to Abu Dhabi on Eithad for 67,500 miles.
So far award space is wide open – 6 seats in First Class for EVERY flight!
It's also a fantastic product!
The flight is a long 8,390 miles and comes in at the TOP5 longest passenger flights. I'm certainly looking forward to try this one out soon!
Update: Expertflyer shows the wrong fare class – Award space only shows correctly on the Etihad website. 'Only' 2 seats are available for each flight not 6. My apologies!