Etihad Lauches Dreamliner Service in Shanghai

etihad airways dreamlinerEtihad Airways has launched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service between Shanghai and Abu Dhabi

The new Dreamliner offers the airline’s next-generation business and economy class cabins, and will operate with 299 seats, 28 in Business class and 271 in economy, representing a 14 percent capacity increase on the route.

On the aircraft, the Business Studios offer direct aisle access and a fully-flat bed up to 80.5 inches long. Upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system which enables guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seat. Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touchscreen TV with noise-canceling headsets.

Business guests also have access to three choices of main course on the menu, with a dine-on-demand option for travelers who wish to choose when to eat. Each business guest also receives a customized Etihad Airways LUXE amenity kit, inspired by some of the iconic cities in the airline’s global network. Passengers on board have access to a dedicated food and beverage manager, a multi-national crew and the airline’s Flying Nannies, who provide assistance to parents traveling with young children.

For inflight entertainment, Etihad Airways operates a Panasonic eX3 IFE system on its flagship fleet of Boeing 787s and Airbus A380s. Guests can also enjoy mobile connectivity, access to onboard Wi-Fi and seven satellite channels of live TV on many aircraft.

For economy passengers, the airline’s Smart Seats have a “fixed wing” headrest, adjustable lumbar support, a seat width of approximately 19 inches and an 11.1” personal TV monitor on each seat. The aircraft has been designed for optimum long-haul travel with enhancements including humidity controls while air pressure levels are set to ensure a smoother flight.

Shanghai is the seventh destination in the world to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with the aircraft also deployed to Perth, Brisbane, Singapore, Washington, DC, Zurich and Düsseldorf. Etihad Airways first launched a five-times-a-week two-class Airbus A330-200 services to Shanghai in March 2012. With a further 62 Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled for delivery over the next few years, the aircraft will become the mainstay of Etihad Airways’ long-haul fleet, Etihad said.

Flight schedule for Abu Dhabi-Shanghai:

Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY862 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 10:25 p.m. Shanghai (PVG) 11:10 a.m. (+1) Daily B787-9
EY867 Shanghai (PVG) 12:30 a.m. Abu Dhabi (AUH) 6:15 a.m. Daily B787-9