By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi carrier says superjumbo will fly to Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg next year
Etihad Airways on Thursday unveiled plans to fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliners to five more destinations during 2016.
With a phased delivery of five new 787s over a seven-month period, beginning in May 2016, the 299-seat 787s will be deployed as replacements for existing aircraft on daily scheduled services to Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg.
Etihad Airways currently operates five 787s, serving Brisbane, Washington, Singapore and Zurich from Abu Dhabi. With a further 66 Boeing 787s due to be delivered over the next few years, the Dreamliners will become Etihad Airways’ flagship long-haul aircraft, the airline said in a statement.
James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, said: “Since introducing our first 787 into commercial service in February, we have enjoyed excellent feedback from guests of our ground-breaking cabin interiors that have set a benchmark for high service levels in the region and across the world.
“Beginning May next year, Etihad Airways’ newly delivered 787 Dreamliners will replace existing aircraft on our Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg routes, among our most popular markets, giving guests an opportunity to fly on our next-generation aircraft.”
Etihad Airways’ newest 787-9 variant will include 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.