This is the first Boeing 787-10 delivered to the airline since October 13, 2020. Marking precisely three years.
A Scheduled Entry Into Service Date
From October 15th, the newly delivered Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner will enter service.
While touching down on Friday, October 13th, the airline said that the new aircraft underwent critical checks by the engineering team.
Such checks on any newly delivered aircraft are typical practice. However, the process is more straightforward for the airline that already flies the Boeing 787-10.
Had this been the first type of the 787 series being delivered, crew familiarisation flights would need to occur, alongside much more.
The Etihad Airways Boeing 787 Fleet.
Etihad Airways heavily relies on the Boeing 787 for its long-haul operations, flying both the 787-9 and 787-10 extensively, with many commitments to be fulfilled, too.
The Abu-Dhabi-based carrier operates 30 787-9 Dreamliners. These 787-9s average an age of 6.2 years, with its oldest 787 unit at 8.8 years.
Meanwhile, the airline has 10 Boeing 787-10s to its name. The ten units have an average age of 3.9, making them much younger. Its oldest, 787-10, just turned 5, five years of age.
Comments From Chief Executive Officer
The arrival of our latest 787 Dreamliner underlines our passion to grow this year by enhancing the quality of our customer experience and the reach of our network. This is all part of our vision 2030 supporting our growth as underlined by the new destinations to Osaka, Copenhagen and Dusseldorf we began operating two weeks ago.Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways.
Inside The Etihad Airways Fleet
Aside from the Boeing 787 Series, Etihad Airways is committed to several other aircraft types.
Notably, it operates a fleet of Airbus A320-200s and A321-200s. With a combined 20 units active, these types are currently the only two that can be classed as narrowbodies.
Away from narrowbodies and to align with Etihad Airways’ long-haul missions, it operates a mixture of widebodies from Airbus and Boeing.