- Next-generation cabins in 28-271, flying nannies and F&B managers
- 27pc increase in business class capacity on Perth-Abu Dhabi
- Etihad double daily service returns to Dublin on June 15 suing combination of B777 and A330
- 8 onward connections within West Australia
An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Perth made its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi.
The B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation business (28) and economy class (271) cabins. With 299 seats, it delivers 14pc more capacity than the Airbus A330-200 it replaces and 27pc more capacity in business class.
Australian connections from Ireland will be boosted when Etihad restore their double daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi on June 15 using a combination of B777-300ER and A330-200 flights, instead of a single B777-300ER service. The airline will operate a B777-200 3 days a week (Wed, Thur and Fri) for the EY42 (morning departure from DUB). The other 4 days will have a A330. The EY48 (evening departure) will operate using a A330 all days. The A330 will have 262 seats and the B777 has 412 seats..
The Dreamliner will become the mainstay of Etihad Airways’ long-haul fleet with a further 64 scheduled for delivery.
Guests on the Dreamliner enjoy the industry’s largest windows; air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for better comfort; large overhead stowage bins, soothing LED lighting; and technology to sense and counter turbulence for a smoother ride. The 28 business studios offer direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20pc in personal space. Upholstered in Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system which enables guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seat. Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets.
The 271 economy smart seats provide enhanced comfort with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat, adjustable lumbar support, a seat width of approximately 19 inches, and an 11.1” personal TV monitor.
The Dreamliner fleet features the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system which provides more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment including seven live TV channels, improved gaming and high definition screens across all cabins. The aircraft has full mobile and Wi-Fi service, with USB and power points at every seat.
Hospitality offerings include innovative services such as flying nannies and onboard food and beverage managers. A flying nanny, trained by the Norland College in England, is on board every B787-9 Dreamliner flight to provide assistance to families travelling with young children. Food and beverage managers, handpicked from the world’s top hotels and restaurants, guide guests in business class through the extensive a la carte and dine anytime options and provide recommendations on the optimal food and wine pairing.
Etihad Airways first launched daily two-class Airbus A330-200 services to Perth in July 2014.
Beyond Perth, Etihad Airways offers connections to eight towns and cities in Western Australia in conjunction with codeshare partner Virgin Australia: Broome, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Kununurra, Karratha, Paraburdoo, Port Hedland and Newman.
In addition to the WA capital, Etihad Airways serves Sydney with double daily flights, in conjunction with Virgin Australia1; double daily flights to Melbourne; and daily services to Brisbane.
Etihad Airways flight EY486 took off from Abu Dhabi at 10.30pm on Wednesday, June 1st and arrived in the Western Australian capital at 1:50pm on the 2nd where it was welcomed by a water cannon salute. The return flight EY487 departed Perth that evening at 5pm and arrived in Abu Dhabi at 12:25am on Friday, June 3rd.
Perth is the second Australian city to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft; Brisbane was the first in June 2015. The Dreamliner is also deployed to Singapore, Washington DC, Zurich and Düsseldorf. Services will commence to Istanbul, Johannesburg and Shanghai throughout the remainder of 2016.
Etihad Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing, Shane O’Hare, said the decision to upgrade to the Dreamliner reflected the importance of Western Australia to Etihad Airways. Since launching flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi two years ago we have enjoyed strong two-way demand from business and leisure travellers on the route. The Dreamliner, which adds 518 weekly seats to the route, gives us the extra capacity needed to meet this ever-increasing demand. Our Dreamliners, with ground-breaking innovations in all cabins, have raised the passenger experience bar, setting the benchmark in world aviation for superior comfort, entertainment, inflight connectivity, and service.”
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