Etihad Airways has unveiled plans to fly its Boeing 787 Dreamliners to five more destinations in 2016.
With five new B787-9s due to join the airline’s fleet over a seven-month period from May 2016, the 299-seat Dreamliners will replace existing aircraft on the daily services from Abu Dhabi to Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg.
This will more than double the number of destinations Etihad currently serves using its B787s, with only Brisbane, Washington DC, Singapore and Zurich welcoming the aircraft at present.
And with further 66 B787s due to be delivered over the next few years, Etihad said the aircraft will become “the mainstay” of its long-haul fleet in future.
“Since introducing our first 787 into commercial service in February, we have enjoyed excellent feedback from guests about our ground-breaking cabin interiors that have set a benchmark for high service levels in the region and across the world,” said James Hogan, president & CEO of Etihad.
“Beginning May next year, our newly delivered 787 Dreamliners will replace existing aircraft on our Dusseldorf, Perth, Shanghai, Istanbul and Johannesburg routes, among our most popular markets, giving guests an opportunity to fly on our next-generation aircraft.
“Today’s travellers are increasingly looking for greater comfort, higher standards, more choice and better convenience as priorities in their decision-making and we, at Etihad Airways, are striving to meet their high expectations through innovations such as introducing new planes to the fleet and continuing to upgrade our routes,” he added.
Etihad’s B787-9s feature its most modern cabin products, including 28 ‘Business Studios’ and 271 ‘Economy Smart’ seats. All seats come equipped with on-demand in-flight entertainment systems, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB ports and power sockets.
The first new Dreamliner service to be launched will be Abu Dhabi-Dusseldorf on 1 May 2016, followed by Perth on 1 June, Shanghai and Istanbul on 1 August and Johannesburg on 1 November.