United Arab Emirates: Airline Takes Delivery on Its First Boeing 787 Dreamliner

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Etihad Airways takes delivery of the first of 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. It will be deployed on routes to Australia, Germany, India, Russia, and the United States.

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Flight attendants model Etihad Airways' stylish new uniforms, which were designed by Jean Roy. Photo Credit: Etihad Airways.


Etihad Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. It is the first airline in the Middle East to order the technologically advanced and environmentally friendly aircraft.

The airliner sports the airline's new "Facets of Abu Dhabi" livery, which was unveiled late last year.

The colours and design are reminiscent of the desert landscape, inspired by the culture, Islamic motifs, and architectural traditions of the United Arab Emirates.

The airline has 71 Boeing Dreamliners on order. Included are 41 Boeing 787-9s and 30 Boeing 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," say Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways.

The airplane will be deployed on routes linking the airline's hub at Abu Dhabi with Brisbane, Australia; Dusseldorf, Germany; Moscow, Russia; Mumbai, India; and Washington, DC, in the United States,

"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," Peter says.

Environmentally friendly, the airplane consumes 20% to 30% less fuel emits 20% to 30% fewer emissions than the airplanes it replace. It can also carry 2% to 45% more cargo.

The airplane can carry as many as 280 passengers up to 8,300 nautical miles, or 15,372 kilometers.

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