Key Points:

  • Etihad Airways recently acquired a new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, marking three years since their last acquisition of the same model.

  • The airline highlights a commitment to enhancing passenger experience and expanding its network as demonstrated by recent launches to Osaka, Copenhagen, and Dusseldorf.

  • Etihad continues to amplify its operations with increased flight frequencies, long-haul services, and the reintroduction of Airbus A380 superjumbos due to high demand.

UAE's Etihad Airways broadens its fleet with a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

ABU DHABI — Etihad Airways, UAE's flagship airline, proudly incorporated a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner into its fleet. Making its way to Abu Dhabi International Airport on October 13, it quickly underwent routine checks by the engineering unit. With a green signal from the team, it commenced guest flights on October 15. Interestingly, the new delivery mirrors the date when the carrier last accepted a Boeing 787-10 three years ago.

Enhancing Customer Experience and Expanding Horizons

As the newest Dreamliner touched down, Antonoaldo Neves, Etihad's Chief Executive Officer, remarked on the significance of the acquisition. According to Neves, the addition testifies to Etihad's dedication to elevating passenger experiences and broadening its global footprint. He linked the recent route inaugurations to Osaka, Copenhagen, and Dusseldorf as tangible evidence of this commitment. These efforts align with the "Vision 2030" that emphasizes the airline's forward-thinking growth strategy. And it is just the beginning: The new Dreamliner is the first of four expected to join Etihad's ranks this year. Moreover, the airline pointed out the efficiency enhancements, noting that these new aircraft boast fuel efficiencies surpassing several similarly sized counterparts by up to 25%.

Etihad's Extensive Expansion and Operational Strategies 

Beyond these recent additions, Etihad has been active on other fronts. The airline initiated services to Dusseldorf on September 28, soon followed by flights to Copenhagen and, subsequently, Osaka by October 1. A notable enhancement is the increased flight frequency to Kuala Lumpur. Starting January 15, travelers will enjoy 14 weekly flights connecting Abu Dhabi with the Malaysian capital. Additionally, the airline has its eyes set on enhancing long-haul services. Come March 31, 2024, Boston will witness Etihad's service four times a week, marking the airline's fourth U.S. destination alongside Chicago, New York, and Washington, and complementing its Canadian service to Toronto. On another exciting note, Etihad is responding to growing demand by reintroducing its Airbus A380 superjumbos, with four of these giants set for re-entry into the fleet. Lastly, Etihad is gearing up for a strategic relocation, with plans to progressively shift its operations to Abu Dhabi International Airport's new Terminal A in the upcoming month.