02 Nov 2016 10:30
A state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Johannesburg yesterday afternoon 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 in-flight
- Includes highly acclaimed interiors
featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats
Etihad Airways flight
EY604 took off from Abu Dhabi at 10.15am and arrived on schedule at 4.45pm
local time. The return flight EY603 departed Johannesburg at 7.50pm last night,
touching down Abu Dhabi on schedule at 6.10am this morning, 2 November.
Operating daily on
the route, the two-class B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’
next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins. Peter Baumgartner, Etihad
Airways Chief Executive Officer, said the decision to upgrade to the Dreamliner
aircraft on the Johannesburg route was to meet the needs of growing numbers of
business and leisure passengers travelling to and from South Africa.
“Today’s modern traveller
is constantly searching for comfort, innovation and convenience, and we aim to provide
the highest standard of hospitality and technological advancements to make any journey
a memorable one.”
John Friel, Etihad
Airways General Manager South Africa, added: “The introduction of the Boeing
787 is a welcome development that will further enhance our guests’ experience
on this route.
“Our luxurious Dreamliners
offer a best-in-class experience, and attention to every last detail.”
Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft feature the airline’s highly
acclaimed next-generation interiors with 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy
The 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.
In addition to full mobile and Wi-Fi service with USB
and power points at every seat, the Dreamliner fleet features the latest in entertainment
innovation, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, including
seven live TV channels, improved gaming and high definition screens across all
The airline’s renowned hospitality includes innovative
services such as Flying Nannies trained
by the world-famous Norland College in the UK, who provide assistance to families on board. Food and
Beverage Managers handpicked from the
world’s finest hotels and restaurants guide guests in Business Class through
the extensive a la carte and ‘dine anytime’ options, and provide recommendations
on the best food and wine pairing.
Guests on the Dreamliner also enjoy the industry’s
largest windows; air that is cleaner, more humid and at a lower cabin altitude for
better comfort; large overhead stowage bins, soothing LED lighting; and
technology to sense and counter turbulence for a
Etihad Airways uniquely offers travellers from Africa the convenience of US
Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi International 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
is the ninth city to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft
is also deployed to Brisbane, Düsseldorf,
Perth, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore, Washington DC and Zurich.
Etihad Airways’ order
for two variants of the B787 (-9 and -10), is one of the world’s largest for
the type, totalling 71 aircraft.
Flight schedule for Abu Dhabi –
Notes: All departures and arrivals are
listed in local time.