Etihad Airways is buying 10 more Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and will be the largest operator of the aircraft type in the world.
The airline has also ordered another two 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.
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 8000 nautical miles (14,800 kilometres), and will be initially used on Etihad Airways routes to destinations including Dublin, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Nagoya, Delhi and Istanbul.
The Dreamliner offers exceptional environmental performance, burning 20 per cent less fuel than other similar sized aircraft.
Increases Network size to 269 Destinations
Etihad Airways announced its purchase of a stake in Airberlin, a deal which brings to 269 the total number of destinations it serves, either directly or with partner airlines.
The announcement means Etihad Airways now offers guests a route network more than 80 destinations larger than that offered by any other Gulf carrier.
As part of its deal with Airberlin, Etihad Airways will sign codeshare agreements with the airberlin group for all European activities including NIKI, the Austrian airline and Belair, the Swiss airline.
Etihad Airways, CEO James Hogan said, “We will continue to look to strike codeshare agreements with carriers around the world where we feel it is to the advantage of our guests.”
Special Fares to Ireland
Etihad Airways in association with Tourism Ireland is offering special fares to Ireland in 2012.
The promotion offers guests the chance to book tickets to Dublin for just Rs. 38,082 (inclusive of taxes). To make use of the offer guests should book their tickets before December 31, 2011.
To book tickets, log onto Etihad website: www.etihadairways.com/in or www.discoverireland.com.
Etihad Airways commenced operations to India in 2004 with flights to and from Mumbai. Etihad now offers services to eight destinations in India and 15 destinations in the Indian Subcontinent.