3 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners added to Etihad's fleet

3 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners added to Etihad's fleet

Abu Dhabi-based carrier now has 88 aircraft

Etihad Airways has marked the arrival of three new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

The national airline of the UAE welcomed the latest additions to its expanding fleet at Abu Dhabi Zayed International Airport.

The new aircraft will begin operations this month, helping Etihad to expand in line with its ambitious roadmap which will see it fly to 125 destinations with more than 160 aircraft by 2030.

The arrival of the three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners follows the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner received in October 2023. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners are up to 25% more fuel efficient than many comparable aircraft of their size. In total, Etihad now operates 43 Dreamliners and a total fleet of 88 aircraft, including Boeing 777 and Airbus A380, A350 and A320.

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Etihad’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner two-class aircraft features a new cabin interior with 32 Business Suites and 271 seats in Economy. The Business cabin features a customised version of the Elements seat manufactured by Collins, and Etihad is the first airline in the world to introduce this seat on the Boeing 787. Each seat has direct aisle access and reclines to a fully lie-flat-bed 78-inch in length boasting a 17.3-inch 4K TV screen, Bluetooth headphone pairing, wireless charging and multiple charging ports, as well ample storage.

In Economy, the new 787 offers lighter and more fuel-efficient seats than the current fleet, with 217 standard seats and 54 Extra Legroom seats with four inches of additional legroom. 

The aircraft is fitted with a new connectivity solution from Viasat using Ka-band technology, which offers high-speed Wi-Fi with streaming capabilities on board as well as Live TV, including news and sport channels.

Through Etihad’s Wi-Fly, all Etihad Guest members can enjoy complimentary 'Chat' packages for messenger apps, and all guests can purchase the full 'Surf' package with unlimited data for the duration of the flight.

Etihad Airways chief executive officer Antonoaldo Neves said: “We are thrilled to welcome these brand-new, state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Abu Dhabi. Their arrival is key to our network expansion strategy and comes at the perfect time as we continue to add new destinations and expand frequencies into key markets.”

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