Etihad Airways receives first Airbus A380

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At a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, welcomed the first of its ten new Airbus A380 aircraft. Etihad Airways is the thirteenth airline to operate the A380, and the aircraft is the 150th A380 delivered by Airbus.

The delivery is set to boost capacity on several of Etihad’s most in-demand routes, taking the airline to new heights as it continues to redefine the flying experience. Setting new benchmarks in onboard product, service, hospitality and style, Etihad Airways has invested in enhancing the passenger experience through the acquisition of Airbus’ game changing A380.

The A380 offers airlines increased capacity, long-haul range, fuel efficiency and improved performance but also immense flexibility in cabin choices, as yet again demonstrated by Etihad Airways. The aircraft is a firm favorite for passengers as it brings an exceptional in-flight experience with a smoother flight, quieter cabin and the highest level of comfort available in the sky.

“Since its inception, Etihad Airways has experienced exponential growth and we’re pleased to have contributed to that success. I am convinced that our flagship, the A380, will provide an efficient solution to support Etihad’s continued expansion,” said Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier.

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Etihad’s A380 is designed to carry 498 guests in four living spaces on the aircraft, including two VIP guests in The Residence by Etihad™, nine guests in the First Apartments, 70 guests in the Business Studio, and 417 guests in Economy SmartSeats. Equipped with the latest entertainment systems and the plush surroundings of Etihad Airways’ interior, passengers can expect an exceptionally comfortable journey.

Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “The Etihad Airways A380 will offer a world class travel experience across all cabins. We are delighted to launch this first A380, with nine to follow, which will set a new benchmark for air travel, particularly with the introduction of the Residence by Etihad™, the only three room cabin in the sky.”

Etihad’s first A380 will make its debut on the popular London Heathrow route, from Abu Dhabi International Airport, in December. By the end of 2015, Etihad Airways will have five A380s in operation, with plans to introduce the aircraft on the airline’s Sydney and New York JFK routes.

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Etihad Airways’ A380 delivery continues the momentum for Airbus’ 21st century flagship jetliner

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The number “13” was a source of great pride and celebration today as Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways became the 13th carrier to date to receive an Airbus A380 jetliner – which is setting new operational benchmarks in reliable service around the globe.

This milestone handover – the 150th by Airbus overall, which also marks the third such initial delivery to an A380 customer in 2014 – is yet another achievement in the strong relationship between the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier and Airbus.

Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2013 transported approximately 11.5 million passengers. Currently, the carrier flies to 108 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

The Etihad Airways fleet incorporated 75 Airbus aircraft as of early December 2014 – consisting of 28 single-aisle A320 Family jetliners, 34 A330s and 11 A340s – which will be joined by an additional 115 Airbus-built aircraft on order. The total includes 62 A350 XWBs, making Etihad Airways the third-largest customer for this new-generation Airbus widebody jetliner in terms of order volume. In addition Etihad Airways was launch customer for the A330-200F freighter, further reinforcing its strong ties with Airbus.

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With its milestone A380 aircraft now delivered, Etihad’s first A380 will make its debut on the popular London Heathrow route from Abu Dhabi International Airport, in December. By the end of 2015, Etihad Airways will have five A380s in operation, with plan to introduce the aircraft on the airlines’ Sydney and New York JFK routes.

This will expand the A380 network, which in early December included 94 routes to 44 destinations, flown by the aircraft currently operated by 12 customers.

Taking off or landing every four minutes on average around the globe, the A380 has become a true world traveller since its 2007 commercial service entry, with the combined fleet flying more than 75 million passengers. The global fleet has performed over 1.7 million total flight hours with an average daily utilisation exceeding 13 hours per aircraft.

These impressive figures have established the aircraft’s reputation as the “queen of the skies,” backed by the A380’s unique ability to capture traffic growth, offer superior levels of comfort to passengers in all classes of service and its efficient operating economics.

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Luxury reaches new heights with the three-room suite on Etihad Airways’ A380

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Benefitting from the A380’s spacious interior, Etihad Airways is equipping its 21st century Airbus flagship jetliner with a three-room suite. Designated “The Residence by Etihad,” it is designed for up to two guests travelling together, and incorporates a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

The suite was created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle with the ultimate in high-end luxury. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has 10 A380s on order, the first of which was provided by Airbus today to the United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier.

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Boeing, Etihad Airways Unveil Livery of Airline’s First 787-9 Dreamliner

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Boeing today rolled out of its paint hangar the first 787-9 Dreamliner that will be delivered to Etihad Airways. The airplane is painted in the airline’s new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi‘ livery with colors reminiscent of the desert landscape, inspired by the culture, Islamic design and architecture motifs of the United Arab Emirates.

“The U.S. is a strategically important part of our network,” said James Hogan, president and CEO, Etihad Airways. “As we celebrate the rollout of our first 787 today, we remain focused on bringing Etihad Airways’ world-class hospitality and unparalleled product experience to provide more choice to Americans traveling with us worldwide. We are also very proud to support vital U.S. businesses including Boeing as one of the largest airline customers for the Dreamliner, an aircraft that will play a fundamental role in the future of our growing international network.”

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will take delivery of its first 787-9 later this year. Etihad Airways is one of the world’s largest customers for the 787 with a total of 71 Dreamliners on order, including 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s.

“Etihad Airways is one of the most forward-thinking airlines of the world and we’re proud to have their trust and confidence in the Dreamliner,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. “The airline’s new livery is a unique design that reflects the UAE’s rich heritage of innovation and great hospitality.”

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The 787 will be a key part of Etihad Airways’ fleet and network expansion plans. The airline has announced that the 787-9 will be introduced on six of the airline’s routes:  Dusseldorf, Germany; Doha, Qatar; Washington, D.C.; Mumbai; Brisbane, Australia and Moscow.

The new 787-9 complements and extends the super-efficient 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 20 feet (6 meters) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly more passengers and more cargo farther with the same exceptional environmental performance – 20 percent less fuel use and 20 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.

The 787-9 leverages the visionary design of the 787-8, offering passengers features such as large windows, large stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity, a lower cabin altitude, cleaner air and a smoother ride.

Nearly 60 customers from around the world have ordered more than 1,000 Dreamliners, approximately 40 percent of which are 787-9s.

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A380 ‎first aircraft in Etihad Airways’ fleet to display new livery

For the first time, Etihad Airways unveiled its all-new livery design on its first Airbus A380 at a special ceremony at the Airbus site in Hamburg‎, Germany.

The airline’s first flagship aircraft‎ will now go through its final phase of cabin furnishing, followed by ground and flight tests, before being delivered to the Abu Dhabi based airline towards the end of the year.

Etihad Airways has firm orders for ten A380s and will become the 13th operator of the aircraft.

With 318 orders so far by 19 customers the A380 captures 90 percent of the Very Large Aircraft market. To date over 65 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique experience of flying on board an A380. Every four minutes in the world, an A380 either takes off or lands, and the network is constantly growing.

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Etihad Airways marks inaugural flight to Rome

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), commenced a daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Rome Fiumicino Airport yesterday morning.

A senior delegation from the airline travelled on the flight including Senior Vice President Executive Affairs, Hasan Al Hammadi and Senior Vice President Government and Aeropolitical Affairs, Khaled Al Mehairbi.

Guests onboard the inaugural flight were presented with special commemorative certificates to mark the occasion, while a ribbon-cutting ceremony also took place at Rome airport, hosted by Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) Aviation Marketing Development Director, Dr Fausto Palombelli.

Celebrations in Rome will continue with a gala reception attended by over 300 dignitaries, government officials, travel agents, tourism representatives and executives from Etihad Airways’ partner airlines.

Etihad Airways’ daily service to Rome is operated using Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two-class configuration, featuring 22 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 240 seats in Economy Class.

President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said: “Italy is a very important market for Etihad Airways and we are delighted to establish a second gateway here, after Milan Malpensa.

“By starting services to Rome, we have strengthened our commitment to Italy and reinforced the close economic and political relationship it shares with the UAE, which is Italy’s leading trade partner in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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Courtesy: Etihad Airways.

“Demand from business and leisure travellers has been incredibly strong on this new route, strengthened by the convenient onward connections we offer in both directions, either with Etihad Airways’ own flights or through our extensive network of codeshare and alliance partners.”

Lorenzo Lo Presti, Aeroporti di Roma Chief Executive Officer, said:  “We are honoured to welcome Etihad Airways to Rome, where the airline’s new daily direct flight to Abu Dhabi represents another major milestone for growing passenger and cargo traffic to and from Italy’s main airport.

“We have always been particularly attentive to emerging markets, and the Middle East is an area which continues to enhance the range of direct flights on offer.  We are certain this new connection between our hub and the UAE capital will increase the flow of business and tourism traffic in both directions.

“Looking ahead, our strategically situated Leonardo da Vinci Rome Fiumicino airport stands ready to play its part welcoming more visitors to Italy, and providing easy onward connections to the rest of the Mediterranean area.”

The schedule of Etihad Airways’ Rome-Abu Dhabi flights offers convenient links to destinations across the Gulf region, Indian subcontinent, Africa, Asia and Australia. In the opposite direction, Abu Dhabi-Rome flights connect to European cities such as Belgrade, Bolzano, Tirana and Zagreb through flights operated by the airline’s equity partners Air Serbia and Etihad Regional.

In addition, Etihad Airways codeshares on Italian national carrier Alitalia’s services between Abu Dhabi and Rome, and beyond to a wide range of Italian domestic and European cities, including Milan, Bucharest, Sofia, Vienna, Venice, Madrid, Malaga, Budapest, Malta and Barcelona.

Earlier this month Alitalia and Etihad Airways were named as Official Global Airline Carriers for Expo 2015, the upcoming Universal Exposition which will be held in Milan from 1 May to 31 October 2015.

Time Table:

Flight Number Origin Destination Frequency
EY083 Abu Dhabi (AUH)
02:40
Rome (FCO)
07:10
Daily
EY084 Rome (FCO)
12:00
Abu Dhabi (AUH)
19:55
Daily

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Etihad Airways celebrates 10 years in Germany

Etihad Airways Airbus A330-243

Etihad Airways Airbus A330-243.

Flights to Etihad Airways’ first German destination Munich were launched on 5 June 2004. A year later, operations to Frankfurt were added, and in December 2011, services linking Düsseldorf and Abu Dhabi took off.

To date, the UAE flag carrier has flown more than 2.7 million travellers and 300,000 tonnes of cargo on these three routes.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, said:  “Marking 10 years of successful operations between Abu Dhabi and Germany is an historic milestone for Etihad Airways and proof of our passenger and cargo commitment in a key European market.”

“In 10 years we have grown our German operations substantially, launched new routes, opened a Premium Lounge in Frankfurt, commenced freighter operations to Frankfurt, unveiled our European and German headquarters in Berlin, and started and cemented our strategic partnership with airberlin.”

“Looking ahead, Etihad Airways will continue to develop the German inbound and outbound passenger travel market, facilitate import and export trade, while demonstrating innovation and unparalleled levels of product and service excellence.”

In conjunction with airberlin, Etihad Airways today offers a combined 56 weekly services between four German cities (Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich) and Abu Dhabi, from where guests can connect easily to destinations across the globe.

This will increase to 63 combined flights per week on 1 December 2014 when airberlin commences a daily service between Stuttgart and Abu Dhabi.

Through its Etihad Cargo division, Etihad Airways also offers comprehensive freight services between Germany and Abu Dhabi on its passenger fleet, in addition to three weekly maindeck freighter operations to and from Frankfurt.

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