21 DECEMBER 2015
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Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg are all joining Etihad Airways’ B787 Dreamliner global network next year, with next-generation cabins introduced from May.
A phased delivery of five new 299-seat 787s over a seven-month period begins in May to be deployed as replacements for existing aircraft on daily scheduled services to the five point from the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.
Etihad currently operates five 787s serving Brisbane, Washington, Singapore and Zurich from Abu Dhabi. A further 66 are due to be delivered over the next few years, making the aircraft Etihad’s long-haul flagship.
President and CEO James Hogan said Etihad since introducing its first 787 into commercial service in February had enjoyed “excellent feedback” for cabin interiors that had set a benchmark for high service levels.
“Today’s travellers are increasingly looking for greater comfort, higher standards, more choice and better convenience as priorities,” he added, “and we are striving to meet their high expectations through innovations such as introducing new planes to the fleet and continuing to upgrade our routes.”
Etihad’s 787-9 variant will include 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats, with décor and lighting complementing the ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ identity introduced last year. www.etihad.com
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