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Etihad picks Zurich as it expands Dreamliner network

Abu Dhabi-based airline says it will launch Boeing 787 to Swiss city from July 6

Etihad picks Zurich as it expands Dreamliner network

Etihad Airways on Tuesday announced the expansion of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight network with the deployment of the aircraft on the Abu Dhabi – Zurich route.

From July 6, Etihad Airways said it will substitute the Airbus A330-300 aircraft used on the route with the three-class Dreamliner.

Etihad's president and CEO, James Hogan, said that introducing the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Zurich made logical sense as there has been a strong interest from Swiss travellers for the airline’s latest product.

“This strategic decision to deploy the Dreamliner demonstrates our clear commitment to the Swiss market. Travellers from Switzerland will soon be able to experience the unparalleled levels of comfort, entertainment and inflight connectivity of this next-generation aircraft, being seamlessly connected through the Abu Dhabi hub to our rapidly expanding network,” he said.

Etihad Airways’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is configured to carry 235 passengers, with eight seats in First Class, 28 in Business Class and 199 in Economy Class, offering a total of 3,290 seats per week on the Abu Dhabi-Zurich route. 

Etihad's order for two variants of the B787 (-9 and -10), is one of the world’s largest for the Dreamliner, totalling 71 aircraft.

The airline currently operates the B787-9 to Brisbane, Washington DC, and from August 1 to Singapore. It said more destinations will be added as the airline takes delivery of more of the type.

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