In a deal valued at US$2.8 billion, Etihad Airways has ordered ten 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and two 777 freighters from the plane maker Boeing, making the airline the largest operator of the new fuel efficient aircraft.”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 chief executive, James Hogan said.The purchase offers attractive operating economics while facilitating the airlines global expansion plans to open up new markets to passengers and cargo from the hub, Abu Dhabi.Etihad’s order shows faith in the game changing 787 as the airline takes delivery of another 41 787s between late 2014 and 2019, with the option there to purchase a further 25 aircraft.”Etihad’s order for more 787-9s shows its confidence in Boeing’s coming stretched variant of the Dreamliner that’s due to enter service in 2014, but it also demonstrates that Etihad will use the 787-9 to form the backbone of its long-haul fleet, delivering the best economics and lowest fuel burn of any twin aisle, twin-engine airplane,” chief analyst at StrategicAero Research Saj Ahmad said.A longer version of the 787, the Dreamliner’s more efficient engines will enable airlines to cut their carbon emissions while burning 20 per cent less fuel, while carrying up to 300 passengers over a range of 8,000 nautical miles. Etihad will initially use the aircraft on the routes to Dublin, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Nagoya and Delhi.The two extra 777 freighters will bring Etihad’s fleet to 21 777s, including 18 passenger aircraft and three freighters. The cargo fleet also comprises two A300-600Fs, two A330-200Fs and two MD11Fs.”We continually review our operating environment and look to leverage off the great flexibility which we built into our 2008 fleet order,” Mr Hogan said, totaling the Etihad Airways fleet to 21 777s, including 18 passenger aircraft and three freighters plus cargo fleet also comprises two A300-600Fs, two A330-200Fs and two MD11Fs. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Etihad Airways
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