Etihad Airways is to operate its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Abu Dhabi – Casablanca route, effective 1 May 2018.
will be the first North African destination to be served by Etihad Airways’
next generation aircraft which is fast becoming the backbone of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier’s long-haul
fleet. The three-class aircraft, featuring eight First Suites, 28 Business
Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats, will replace the Airbus A330s
currently operating daily on the route, and will offer additional cargo
of the 787 Dreamliner will also see a scheduling change that will optimise timings
for customers travelling to and from Morocco’s port city and commercial hub. Etihad
Airways will maintain an early morning arrival into Casablanca and operate a
revised mid-morning return service that will improve connectivity
to a wider network of destinations across Asia and Australia, including Hong
Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.
Airways has a fleet of 18 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners
operating from Abu Dhabi to 17 destinations worldwide – Amman,
Amsterdam, Beijing, Beirut, Brisbane, Düsseldorf, Madrid, Melbourne, Nagoya,
Perth, Riyadh, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore,
Tokyo, Washington and Zurich. Beginning 25 March 2018, Geneva will become the
newest Boeing 787 European destination.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief
Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to deploy our flagship Boeing 787
Dreamliner on yet another route that will give even more guests the opportunity
to experience our next generation aircraft.
“In addition to maintaining attractive
timings for guests travelling between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca, we will create
further suitable connections in many markets that will benefit more
Mr Baumgartner added that with further
Boeing 787 Dreamliners fast joining the fleet, the airline will continue to upgrade
existing routes with ground-breaking cabin interiors that have set a benchmark
for high product and service levels in the region and across the world.
Etihad Airways’ Boeing
787-9 Dreamliners provide highest levels of comfort, entertainment and inflight
connectivity. On-board décor and lighting have been inspired by contemporary
Arabian design, including the spectacular dome of the newly-opened Louvre Abu
Dhabi, complementing the signature ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ identity introduced by
the airline during its livery relaunch in 2014. Etihad Airways
has pending deliveries of 53 Dreamliners.
787 Dreamliner schedule to Casablanca, Morocco, effective 1 May 2018 (all times