The new service commenced on 1 August 2015 and will now run daily, departing Abu Dhabi at 2200 and arriving in Singapore at 1015 the following day. The return flight will then leave at 2010, arriving back into Abu Dhabi at 2345.
The launch of the new Dreamliner gives Singapore-based passengers access to Etihad’s latest cabin products, including its First Suites, Business Studios and Economy Smart seats.
“The Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner is the most customised aircraft of its kind in the sky,” said Etihad’s president & CEO, James Hogan. “The ground-breaking, next-generation First Suites, Business Studios and Economy Smart seats offer a superior level of luxury and comfort and will transform the in-flight experience.
“Never before has the airline had such a compelling proposition nor been as strong a competitor in the Singapore travel market.”
Hogan added that the Singapore flight timings offer better connectivity via Abu Dhabi International Airport.
“With evening departures in both directions, we offer our guests in the UAE and Singapore more convenient travel times and improved connectivity to 35 destinations in the GCC, Middle East, Africa and Europe. This includes seamless connections to our flagship A380 services to London,” Hogan said.
Etihad’s B787-9 Dreamliner has a total capacity of 235 passengers – eight in first class, 28 in business class and 199 in economy. The First Suites feature personal wardrobes, minibars, 24-inch TV monitors and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed. Business class passengers are offered flat-bed seats and 18-inch touch-screen TV monitors, while the Economy Smart seats have a 32-inch seat pitch, a six-inch recline and 11.1-inch TV monitors.
Etihad has ordered a total of 71 Dreamliners, including B787-9s and larger B787-10s. The B787-9s currently operate on routes to Washington DC, Zurich, Brisbane and Singapore. The airline will also begin taking delivery of new two-class B787-9s in 2016.