Etihad Airways has announced plans to boost its European Dreamliner network with the deployment of Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Amsterdam and Madrid.
The 299-seat Dreamliners will be introduced on year-round scheduled services to Amsterdam from September 1, and to Madrid, effective October 1, joining Düsseldorf and Zurich as the airline’s other European Dreamliner services. The 787-9 will also operate seasonally to Athens during the summer months. With a phased delivery of nine Boeing 787-9s this year, the aircraft are gradually being introduced on a number of international routes from the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.
Etihad Airways currently operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 787-9s to 11 destinations including Washington, Düsseldorf, Zurich, Johannesburg, Amman, Riyadh, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Perth and Brisbane from Abu Dhabi. Beirut, Beijing, Seoul and Melbourne are due to join the 787 network over the next few months.The airline also has pending deliveries of 58 additional dreamliners over the coming years.
Etihad Airways' two-class Boeing 787-9's offer 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. The Business Studios all offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space. Upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and a pneumatic cushion control system. Each seat has an 18-inch personal touchscreen TV with noise-cancelling headsets. Economy seats each have a 'fixed wing' headrest, adjustable lumbar support and a personal TV monitor.The aircraft also has full mobile and Wi-Fi service, with USB and power points at every seat.