Etihad Airways is to add its first ‘all economy’
class aircraft to its fleet in October 2010. The two Airbus A320s
will be configured to carry 162 economy class passengers, an
increase of 42 from the current economy capacity.
The all economy cabin aircraft will operate to
short haul Etihad destinations which have high demand for economy
traffic and low demand for premium traffic. Initially these will
be Alexandria, Calicut, Colombo, Damascus, Doha and Thiruvananthapuram.
Plans are in place to expand the all
economy fleet to 10 A320 aircraft which will enable the airline to
launch new short haul destinations which have low demand for
premium travel, and also to existing Etihad destinations.
“Etihad has grown at a remarkable pace
during the past six and a half years. We have built a strong brand
and a robust business, and it is the right time to challenge the
way we serve our various markets and segments,” said James Hogan,
Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer. “Our all economy aircraft will allow
us to offer a more competitive product in key point-to-point
markets in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian
Subcontinent, while maintaining the high standards of service we
have become known for.”
currently has 15 A320 aircraft within its fleet and 35 aircraft
are on order from Airbus.
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