Etihad Airways Takes Delivery Of New Boeing 787s

Daniel Fowkes
25 Feb 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 
Etihad Airways has taken delivery of three brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliners as it looks to grow its fleet over the next decade.

Etihad Airways has taken delivery of three new Boeing 787 Dreamloiners as part of its continued move towards Journey 2030, which holds ambitious growth plans.

The three additional aircraft now also bring the fleet at Etihad Airways to 88 units, which has experienced its ups and downs. The negatives largely originated from a major aircraft order in the early to mid-2010s, resulting in too many aircraft being ordered and losses mounting.

Etihad says the three aircraft will enter service this month, enabling further expansion across its route map while easing pressure on existing aircraft.

The 787-9 deliveries come following the 787-10s arrival in October 2023, with several international destinations added to the network.

Notably, these aircraft will make flying towards destinations such as Boston, Bali and Nairobi possible, focusing further on Nice, Malaga, Mykonos and Santorini during the summer. Even if it’s not the Dreamliner directly, these 787s can replace planes on existing services and free up these previously occupied jets to launch elsewhere.

We are thrilled to welcome these brand-new, state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Abu Dhabi. Their arrival is key to our network expansion strategy and comes at the perfect time as we continue to add multiple new destinations and expand frequencies into key markets. These new aircraft support our commitment to Abu Dhabi, allowing us to bring more guests to experience the incredible capital of the UAE, either as their end destination or on a stopover when connecting across our expanding network.

Antonoaldo Neves, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways

The Boeing 787 With Etihad

Etihad Airways notes its 787s feature a brand new cabin interior known for offering its customers the highest quality. There are 32 business class seats and 271 seats in Economy, making the new 787s a two-class layout.

217 of these economy class seats are standard; however, 45 have extra legroom, equating to four additional seats. While coming at an added cost, this has proved to be a worthwhile upgrade for some.

A 13.3 inch 4K touchscreen monitor features at the back of seats with the option to pair personal devices to the screen as a remote.

Journey 2030 Plans By Etihad

Etihad Airways says Journey 2030 will play a pivotal role in its long-term future and help cement it as a leader in the Middle East. Generally, as part of the initiative, the airline will look to extend its global footprint with new destinations, frequency increases and much more.

The company hopes to be flying towards over 125 destinations and leveraging its geographical positioning of Abu Dhabi and the Middle East to its advantage in connecting markets East and West.

Additionally, Etihad Airways wants to double its fleet to over 160 aircraft. This would represent the second significant fleet expansion planned in company history.

An Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER getting ready to touchdown.
Photo credit: south.jets

Ultimately, the first included the most significant aircraft order in company history, partly resulting in the airline losing billions and entering a thorough turnaround plan.

Etihad Airways plans to attract 10 million point-to-point travellers to the UAE capital by 2030. All this is part of offering substantial economic benefits through its services.

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