07 May 2015 10:00
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today announced a significant enhancement to its Abu Dhabi-Singapore route with the deployment of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from 1 August 2015.
aircraft with ground-breaking First Suites, Business Studios and Economy Smart
Seat to operate to Singapore from 1 August 2015
schedule timings offer seamless two-way connections to 35 cities across Etihad Airways’
capacity on the Abu Dhabi-Singapore route
B787 operation will follow a major upgrade for the route on 1 June, which
includes the introduction of First Class and a change in schedule timings which
provides better connections to the airline’s network via its Abu Dhabi hub.
Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said
the new three-class aircraft – featuring the airline’s revolutionary First,
Business and Economy Class cabins – and optimised flight schedule would greatly
enhance the guest experience and bolster the airline’s position in the
competitive Singapore travel market.
“The new schedule timings – with evening departures in
both directions – will offer guests in the UAE and Singapore more convenient
travel times and improved connectivity to 35 destinations in the GCC, Middle
East, Africa and Europe”
from a guest experience perspective, the dimensions and unique features of the
Dreamliner aircraft have enabled us to customise it with the most innovative
and sophisticated cabins. This means, from 1 August, travellers between Abu Dhabi and Singapore will experience
levels of comfort and attention to detail not enjoyed previously by today’s air
traveller or offered by our competitors on the route.”
revolutionary new B787 interiors feature eight 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 is
inspired by contemporary modern Arabian design, complementing the ‘Facets of
Abu Dhabi’ design identity introduced by the airline in late 2014.
First Class guests will enjoy an enhanced suite with a chilled mini-bar,
complete privacy and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed.
Business Class guests will have the space and comfort of the airline’s new
Business Studios each offering direct aisle access and a fully flat bed of up
to 80.5 inches in length. In the Economy Class cabin, the innovative Economy
Smart Seat provides enhanced comfort with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on
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. The airline currently operates the B787-9 to Washington DC and Mumbai, and from June 1, to
Düsseldorf and Brisbane, with more destinations being added as it takes
delivery of more of the type. The airline will also begin taking delivery of
B787s in a two-class configuration from 2016.
The wide-body 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.
Airways commenced three weekly flights to Singapore on September 28, 2007 and
went daily on February 1, 2013.
Schedule for Abu Dhabi – Singapore, effective 1 August 2015
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All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.