Boeing to deliver first 787s to Etihad in early 2014

Senior executive at US plane maker says first Dreamliner planes will arrive in Q1

Boeing is on track to deliver the first batch of its Dreamliner planes to Etihad Airways in the first quarter of 2014.

In a statement on UAE news agency WAM, Boeing Senior Vice President, John Wojick said “Boeing is committed to engaging Etihad Airways as it will deliver the agreed aircrafts in the first quarter of next year.”

In December 2011 Etihad Airways announced it was taking its total order book for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to 41, the first of which were due to arrive in the last quarter of 2014. 

The order, valued at $9.3bn, will make Etihad Airways the largest operator of the aircraft type in the world.  The UAE flag carrier has options and purchase rights for an additional 25 aircraft.

However there have been fears that the delivery of the Dreamliner could be affected by the technical problems that this year grounded all Dreamliners from operation.

According to WAM, Wojick also stressed the importance of the new Dallas- Abu Dhabi Airport itinerary and how it enhances the strategic relations between UAE and USA.

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