Etihad Airways takes delivery of first A330-200

Travel News Asia 28 February 2006

Etihad Airways has today taken delivery of its first new Airbus A330-200 at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Etihad Airways new Airbus A330-200 arriving at Abu Dhabi airport

Commenting on the new aircraft, Chairman of Civil Aviation Department in Abu Dhabi and Etihad airways Chairman, H.E. Dr Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan said, Our fleet is growing fast, providing us with brand new, purpose designed aircraft to service the airlines existing and rapidly expanding route network.

Etihad now offers flights to 27 destinations - and plans to fly to 70 destinations by 2010.

The first A330-200, purpose built to Etihad specifications will incorporate 262 seats in a twin aisle configuration across two Zones, with 22 seats in Pearl Zone and 240 seats in Coral Zone.

In Pearl Zone, each self-contained seat provides passengers with a 180 degree, fully flat bed and direct aisle access. The self-contained seats are also equipped with a 15 LCD monitor, the latest Audio-Video-On-Demand (AVOD) and revolutionary mood lighting enhancing the overall experience.

In Coral Zone, passengers can enjoy mood lighting, fusion cuisine, a spacious seat with up to 32 seat pitch, 10.4 seat back LCD monitors with AVOD.

The A330-200 aircraft provides wide-spread benefits to Etihad Crystal Cargo with its greater cargo capability and lower maintenance costs. The A330-200 has the ability to carry 15 tons of cargo over medium-capacity routes.

Etihad expects to carry more than three million passengers in 2006.

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