Etihad’s inaugural Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight to Beijing touched down on Sunday, the airline announced.
It said Flight EY888 departed Abu Dhabi at 09:30pm local time on Saturday and arrived in Beijing at 08:50am the following day.
Etihad said the new 787-9 Dreamliner features the UAE carrier’s next-generation Business ‘Studios’ and Economy Class seats – including an 80-inch long fully-flat bed and 20 percent increase in personal space in Business Class, and new Economy ‘Smart Seats’, fitted with fixed-wing headrests and adjustable lumbar support.
The aircraft operates with 299 seats – 28 in Business Class and 271 in Economy Class – representing a 14 percent capacity increase from the previous service.
Within this is a 27 percent increase in Business Class capacity on the Beijing to Abu Dhabi route, Eithad added.
Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “Since launching flights between our two capitals of Abu Dhabi and Beijing nine years ago, we have experienced the huge growth of China’s outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from business and leisure travellers.”
“The decision to upgrade our operations to the Dreamliner reflects the importance of Beijing and the Chinese market to the airline, and the sustained development of economic relations between the two countries.
“Beijing is the nation’s economic, political, cultural and international exchange centre, which underlines its importance within Etihad Airways’ global network.”For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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