01 Feb 2015 10:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today introduced its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner into commercial service.
first flight, operated by a Boeing 787-9, departed Abu Dhabi at 02.15 as flight
EY23 for the 7 hour 25 minute flight to Düsseldorf, Germany. The flight arrived
at 06.40 the same morning. The return service from Düsseldorf to Abu Dhabi
departs at 10.20 with a scheduled arrival time of 19.50 back in Abu Dhabi.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the
departure gate to mark the occasion, attended on behalf of Etihad Airways by Peter
Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer, Khaled Al Mehairbi, Senior Vice
President Government Aero Political Affairs, Richard Hill, Chief Operations
Officer, and Ali Al Shamsi, Vice President Abu Dhabi Hub.
Special gift packs were handed to guests on the
inaugural flight, including luggage tags, passport holders and commemorative B787
Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is a
tremendous milestone for Etihad Airways. The Boeing 787 is without doubt the
most technologically advanced aircraft in its class. It will provide us with a
clear reduction in operating costs and carbon emissions, at maximum reliability
and efficiency. The dimensions and unique features of this aircraft have
allowed us to customise it with the most innovative and sophisticated cabins,
providing our guests with levels of comfort and attention to detail not
previously enjoyed by the modern airline traveller.”
Airways revolutionary new B787 interiors feature 8 First Suites, 28 Business
Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats, offering superior levels of comfort,
entertainment and in-flight connectivity. On-board décor and lighting has been inspired
by contemporary modern Arabian design, complementing the new ‘Facets of Abu
Dhabi’ design identity recently introduced by the airline.
Airways’ order for two variants of the B787 (-9 and -10), is one of the largest
for the type, totalling 71 aircraft. The airline will place the aircraft on
other key medium and long-haul routes such as Washington DC, Mumbai, Moscow and
Brisbane, with more destinations being added as the airline takes delivery of
more of the type. The airline will also begin taking delivery of B787s in a
two-class configuration from 2016.
Boeing 787-9 is a stretched version of the advanced medium to long-range twin
engine B787-8, with a range of up to 8,300 nautical miles and a cruising speed
of Mach 0.85. It is 206 feet in length and has a wingspan of 197 feet.
composite materials used in the aircraft mean that the B787 uses up to 30% less
fuel than other aircraft in its category and as a result produces a comparable
reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. The B787 also uses a number of new
technologies to ensure that the aircraft’s noise footprint is more that 60%
smaller than other aircraft of its size.