Etihad Airways has confirmed that its first
Airbus A380 will operate commercially to London Heathrow from
A second A380 will operate on the same route from
By the end of 2015, Etihad Airways will have five A380s
in operation, with plans to also introduce A380 operations to both
Sydney and New York JFK.
The first Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner will
enter commercial service in December 2014, with a second aircraft
entering service in January 2015.
As with the A380, by the end of
2015, Etihad Airways will have five 787-9s in operation.
first B787s will initially be deployed on Washington DC,
Düsseldorf and Mumbai routes.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, said,
“The A380 will be used to provide additional seats on existing
routes where there is a need for increased capacity, and in
particular, high demand for First and Business Class travel.”
Etihad Airways has a total of 10 A380s on firm order. Four A380s
will arrive in 2015, three in 2016 and two in 2017. Each aircraft is designed to carry 498 guests in four living spaces on
the aircraft. This includes two VIP passengers in
The Residence by
Etihad, nine in the innovative First Class Apartments, 70
in the new Business Class Studios, and 417 in
Etihad Airways also has
major plans for the B787 which enters the fleet in Q4 2014.
December the mostly composite aircraft will be deployed first on
routes between Abu Dhabi and Düsseldorf, and services to
Washington DC and Mumbai will commence in January 2015.
The airline has a total of 71 B787s scheduled for
delivery between the end of 2014 and 2023, including 41 B787-9s
and 30 B787-10s, making it the largest operator of the aircraft
type in the world.
Two B787s are scheduled for delivery in Q4
2014 with three due to arrive in 2015, three in 2016 and nine in
2017. All five initial B787 deliveries will have three living
spaces aboard the aircraft, configured to carry 235 guests.
There are eight First Suites in First Class, 28 Business Studios
in Business Class and 199 Economy Smart Seats in Economy Class.
Mr Baumgartner said, “The B787 is a fantastic addition to our
fleet and, similar to the A380, it sets new standards in terms of
passenger comfort, product and, crucially, economics. Over the
coming years this next-generation aircraft will be used by Etihad
Airways to launch flights to new destinations, add capacity in
existing markets and progressively replace existing,
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