Etihad to Get 10 More Boeing Dreamliners

13.12.2011 Aviation & Space
Etihad to Get 10 More Boeing Dreamliners

Etihad to Get 10 More Boeing Dreamliners

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Etihad Airways announced plans to buy 10 more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in a deal which will make it the largest operator of the aircraft type in the world.

The airline has also ordered another 2 Boeing 777 Freighters for its fast growing Etihad Crystal Cargo operation.

The 12 additional aircraft are valued at $2.8 billion at current list prices, said an Etihad statement.

The extra Dreamliners mean Etihad Airways will now take delivery of 41 787s between late 2014 and 2019. The airline also has options and purchase rights on 25 more 787s.

The 787-9 will carry up to 300 passengers and have a range of 8,000 nautical miles (14,800 km). It will be initially used on Etihad Airways routes to destinations including Dublin, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Nagoya, Delhi and Istanbul.

“Our decision to expand our Dreamliner fleet is testimony to Etihad’s commitment to operating one of the youngest and most fuel efficient fleets in the skies,” Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer James Hogan said.

“It also reflects our confidence in the 787’s ability to have a significant impact on our operating efficiencies and the passenger experience we can offer onboard this revolutionary aircraft.

Both the 787 Dreamliner and the 777 Freighter offer highly attractive operating economics and will facilitate our global expansion plans by allowing us to transport passengers and cargo into new markets from our hub in Abu Dhabi,” Hogan added.

The 2 extra 777 Freighters mean Etihad Airways will have a fleet of 21 777s (18 passenger aircraft and three freighters).

The cargo fleet also includes 2 A300-600Fs, 2 A330-200Fs and 2 MD11Fs.

The airline announced what was then the largest aircraft order in commercial aviation history at the 2008 Farnborough International Air Show for up to 205 aircraft - 100 firm orders, 55 options and 50 purchase rights.

The twin engine, carbon composite 787 made its first commercial flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong on October 26.

The Dreamliner offers exceptional environmental performance, burning 20% less fuel than other similar sized aircraft.


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