Etihad Airways has introduced its first Boeing
787 Dreamliner into commercial service.
The first flight, operated by a Boeing
787-9, departed Abu Dhabi at 02.15 as flight EY23 for the 7 hour
25 minute flight to Düsseldorf, Germany. The flight arrived at
06.40 the same morning. The return service from Düsseldorf to Abu
Dhabi departed at 10.20 with a scheduled arrival time of 19.50 in
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This
is a tremendous milestone for Etihad Airways. The Boeing 787 is
without doubt the most technologically advanced aircraft in its
class. It will provide us with a clear reduction in operating
costs and carbon emissions, at maximum reliability and efficiency.
The dimensions and unique features of this aircraft have allowed
us to customise it with the most innovative and sophisticated
cabins, providing our guests with levels of comfort and attention
to detail not previously enjoyed by the modern airline traveller.”
Etihad Airways new B787 interiors feature 8
First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats.
Etihad Airways’ order for two variants of the B787 (-9 and
-10), is one of the largest for the type, totalling 71 aircraft.
The airline will place the aircraft on other key medium and
long-haul routes such as Washington DC, Mumbai, Moscow and
Brisbane, with more destinations being added as the airline takes
delivery of more of the type.
The airline will also begin taking
delivery of B787s in a two-class configuration from 2016.
The wide-body Boeing 787-9 is a stretched version of the advanced
medium to long-range twin engine B787-8, with a range of up to 8,300 nautical miles and a cruising speed of Mach 0.85. It is 206
feet in length and has a wingspan of 197 feet.
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