06 Jul 2015 08:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced the expansion of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight network with the deployment of the state-of-the-art aircraft on the Abu Dhabi – Zurich route.
From 6 July 2015, Etihad Airways will
substitute the currently operated Airbus A330-300 aircraft used on the route
with the three-class Dreamliner, featuring the airline’s ground-breaking First Suite, Business
Studio and Economy Smart Seat.
Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive
Officer, James Hogan, said that introducing the Boeing 787
Dreamliner to Zurich made logical sense as there has been a strong interest from
Swiss travellers for the airline’s latest product.
“This strategic decision to deploy the Dreamliner demonstrates our clear
commitment to the Swiss market. Travellers from Switzerland will soon be able to experience the
unparalleled levels of comfort, entertainment and inflight connectivity of this
next-generation aircraft, being seamlessly connected through the Abu Dhabi hub to
our rapidly expanding network.”
Etihad Airways’ new Boeing
787-9 Dreamliner is configured to carry 235 passengers, with eight seats in
First Class, 28 in Business Class and 199 in Economy Class, offering a total of
3,290 seats per week on the Abu Dhabi-Zurich route.
In First Class,
guests will be offered a luxurious suite with a large seat and ottoman, a personal
wardrobe, chilled mini-bar and a 24-inch TV monitor. Business
Class guests will enjoy the luxury and comfort of the airline’s new Business
Studios – each featuring a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long and a personal
18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets. In Economy Class, the comfortable
Economy Smart Seat has been designed with a unique ergonomic fixed wing
headrest on each seat.
Onboard décor and lighting is
inspired by contemporary modern Arabian design, complementing the ‘Facets of
Abu Dhabi’ design identity introduced by the airline in late 2014.
Etihad Airways’ order for two variants of the B787 (-9
and -10), is one of the world’s largest for the Dreamliner, totalling 71
aircraft. The airline currently operates the B787-9 to Brisbane, Washington DC,
and from 1 August to Singapore - enabling guests to travel between Zurich and
Singapore, via Abu Dhabi, on a Dreamliner all the way. More destinations will
be added as the airline takes delivery of more of the type.
Airways flies daily to Zurich and provides seamless onwards connections to
numerous points across Europe on the networks of airberlin, Niki, Alitalia, Air
Serbia and Etihad Regional. The Zurich service also offers connectivity to over 40
destinations in the Gulf region, Africa, Indian Subcontinent, North and South
East Asia, and Australia via Etihad Airways’ hub in Abu Dhabi.