Etihad reaches century with double delivery

Etihad received its 100th aircraft, a new Airbus A321 (right), and 101st, an Airbus A320 (left), on the same day.
Etihad received its 100th aircraft, a new Airbus A321 (right), and 101st, an Airbus A320 (left), on the same day.

Etihad Airways has celebrated a major milestone in its expansion with the arrival of its 100th and 101st aircraft.

The double delivery took place last week, when the carrier took delivery of new Airbus A321 and A320 aircraft. Etihad now operates three Airbus A321s, with seven more on order, and more than 20 A320s.

“This is an important day for an airline which launched operations just over 10 years ago,” said James Hogan, Etihad’s president & CEO. “Etihad Airways continues to grow, to prosper and to lead the way in innovation and service. Today, we fly the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient aircraft available, setting new standards in comfort and reliability.”

In November 2013, Etihad placed its largest ever aircraft order at the Dubai Airshow, for a total of 199 new aircraft.

The airline will now take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A380 aircraft in October and December this year respectively. It also has outstanding orders for multiple new single-aisle jets, including the new A320neos, plus Airbus’ brand new twin-aisle models, the A350 and B777-X.

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