Boeing has delivered its first 787-9 Dreamliner to Etihad Airways sporting the new “Facets of Abu Dhabi” livery, part of the airline’s new “Reimagined” branding campaign, and revealed earlier this year when the airline received its new A380 in Hamburg. Eithad Airways is the first airline in the Middle East to fly the Dreamliner.
This is the first of 71 Dreamliners the airline has on order, including 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s.
“We are confident that the additions of the 787 Dreamliner to our growing fleet will enable us to continue to add vital long-haul destinations from our Abu Dhabi hub,” said Peter Baumgartner, chief commercial officer for Etihad Airways. “We will first use the aircraft on routes to cities such as Dusseldorf, Washington D.C., Mumbai, Brisbane and Moscow and will have over 70 within the fleet, once our order is complete. The aircraft meets our requirements on these routes and will enable us to continue to provide the highest levels of customer service to the guests we welcome on board.”
Marty Bentrott, vice president, Sales for Middle East, Russia and Central Asia at Boeing said: “We are excited to see the 787 footprint grow in the Middle east with airlines such as Etihad Airways investing in the Dreamliner apart of their fleet strategy. Etihad Airways has already made a considerable impact with its new and innovative interiors offering to passengers, and we look forward to the 787 playing a key role in delivering on its promise of quality and profitability.”
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