02 Jun 2016 10:30
A state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will touch down in Perth today after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi.
- Travellers will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins
- Flying Nannies and Food and Beverage Managers offer innovative
hospitality services inflight
- 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity on Perth-Abu Dhabi route
- Seamless one-stop connections to the US east coast with the added
convenience of US Customs and Border Protection clearance at Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways flight
EY486 took off from Abu Dhabi at 10.30pm yesterday and is scheduled to arrive
in the Western Australian capital at 1:50pm today where it will be welcomed by
a water cannon salute. The return flight EY487 will depart Perth this evening
at 5pm and arrive in Abu Dhabi at 12:25am on 3 June.
The B787-9 Dreamliner
features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins.
With 299 seats, it delivers 14 per cent more capacity than the Airbus A330-200
it replaces. In the high-demand Business Class cabin, it offers 27 per cent
Etihad Airways Senior
Vice President of Marketing, Shane O’Hare, said the decision to upgrade to the
Dreamliner reflected the importance of Western Australia to Etihad Airways.
launching flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi two years ago we have enjoyed
strong two-way demand from business and leisure travellers on the route.
Dreamliner, which adds 518 weekly seats to the route, gives us the extra
capacity needed to meet this ever-increasing demand.
also enables our guests to experience the luxury, comfort and hospitality for
which Etihad Airways is world-renowned.
Dreamliners, with ground-breaking innovations in all cabins, have raised the
passenger experience bar, setting the benchmark in world aviation for superior
comfort, entertainment, inflight connectivity, and service.”
Mr O’Hare also
commented on the contribution the new Dreamliner services would make to inbound
tourism to Western Australia.
additional weekly seats to Perth will bolster Etihad Airways’ existing support
for Western Australia’s tourism industry by bringing more international
visitors from across our global network to experience the delights of a Western
with our partner airlines, we offer travellers from Europe, the Middle East and
east coast USA, the comfort and convenience of one-stop flights to Perth with
seamless transfers at the Abu Dhabi hub.”
The Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner features the airline’s highly
acclaimed next-generation interiors with 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy
The onboard décor and lighting have been inspired by contemporary
modern Arabian design, complementing the airline’s eye-catching ‘Facets of Abu
The 28 Business Studios all offer direct aisle access,
a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20 per cent in
personal space. Upholstered in the finest 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 touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling
The 271 Economy Smart Seats provide enhanced comfort
with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat, adjustable lumbar support, a
seat width of approximately 19 inches, and an 11.1” personal TV monitor.
The Dreamliner fleet features the latest Panasonic eX3
entertainment system which provides more than 750 hours of on-demand
entertainment including seven live TV channels, improved gaming and high
definition screens across all cabins. The aircraft has full mobile and Wi-Fi
service, with USB and power points at every seat.
The airline’s world-renowned hospitality offering
includes innovative services such as Flying Nannies and onboard Food and
Beverage Managers. A Flying Nanny, trained by the
world-famous Norland College in the UK, is on board every B787-9 Dreamliner
flight to provide assistance to families travelling with young children. Food and Beverage Managers, handpicked from the world’s
top hotels and restaurants, guide guests in Business Class through the
extensive a la carte and dine anytime options and provide recommendations on
the optimal food and wine pairing.
Etihad Airways uniquely offers travellers from Western Australia the
convenience of US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi Airport. This
facility, exclusive to Etihad Airways in the Gulf region, allows guests to
complete immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for the USA
while in transit at Abu Dhabi – avoiding lengthy queues upon arrival at US
Etihad Airways launched daily two-class Airbus A330-200 services to
Perth in July 2014.
Beyond Perth, Etihad Airways offers connections to eight towns and
cities in Western Australia in conjunction with codeshare partner Virgin
Australia. The partnership enables guests to seamlessly connect to Etihad
Airways’ global network from Broome, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra,
Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Newman.
In addition to the WA capital, Etihad Airways serves Sydney with double
daily flights, in conjunction with Virgin Australia; double daily
flights to Melbourne; and daily services to Brisbane.
Perth is the second
Australian city to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft;
Brisbane was the first in June 2015. The Dreamliner is also deployed to
Singapore, Washington DC, Zurich and
Düsseldorf. Services will commence to Istanbul, Johannesburg and Shanghai
throughout the remainder of 2016.
a further 64 Boeing 787 Dreamliners scheduled for delivery over the next few
years, the aircraft will become the mainstay of Etihad Airways’ long-haul
Guests on the Dreamliner enjoy the industry’s largest windows; air that
is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for better comfort; large
overhead stowage bins, soothing LED lighting; and technology to sense and counter
turbulence for a smoother ride.