Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is introducing Economy Space, a new seating option across its wide-body fleet, to enhance its product offering and to provide more choice to its customers on longer flights.
By December 2018, Etihad
Airways will have retrofitted its 10 Airbus A380s with Economy Space seats,
which feature an increased seat pitch of up to 36 inches. The redesign
increases the number of extra legroom seats in Economy from 20 to 80 on this
Jamal Ahmed Al Awadhi, Etihad
Airways Head of Guest Experience, said: “We recognise that no two travellers
are alike, and today’s customers demand more choice and personalisation during
In response to the popularity
and demand for extra legroom seats, we have reconfigured our Economy cabin to
allow travellers to enhance their overall travel experience.”
In addition to modifying its
A380s, Etihad Airways will have also added additional Economy Space seats to 12
Boeing 777s and 21 Boeing 787 Dreamliners by the end of 2019, increasing the
total number of extra legroom seats by 560 per cent.
“While many airlines have
been squeezing more seats into economy class, we continue to focus on providing
our guests with exceptional products and services that meet and exceed the
demands and budgets of different types of travellers,” adds Mr. Al Awadhi.
Families with small children,
elderly travellers and those requiring wheelchair assistance can now purchase
and benefit from the extra available room available in Economy Space.
Economy Space complements
Etihad Airways’ existing ancillary products to provide customers with greater
opportunities to personalise their journey, including the Neighbour-free
seating option in Economy and a range of ‘buy-on-board’ products.
Irrespective of which seating
option is selected, customers will continue to receive the Etihad’s
complimentary core dining service and inflight entertainment.