Etihad operates its first A350 today (March 31)

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  • AMcWhirter
    Participant

    Today Etihad operated its first A350-1000 flight.

    So far Etihad has not complained about the paint finish !

    The inaugural A350-100 flight was between AbuDhabi and Paris CDG.

    Photos have appeared on French social media.

    They show a three-class interior: business, Economy Space and economy class.

    There are 44 Recaro business class seats configured 1-2-1.

    There are 44 Economy Espace seats (surely this cabin will eventually become premium economy) and 282 in economy class.

    Regular Economy is configured 3-3-3. It’s unclear what the configuration is for Economy Space.


    GrahamC
    Participant

    Economy Space is also 3-3-3 with an extra 10cm of legroom.

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    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    3-3-3 won’t be good for premium economy (unless the middle seat of three is unsold).


    BackOfThePlane
    Participant

    I’m not really sure what the point of this is…


    Mark Caswell
    Keymaster

    Here is our report:

    Etihad’s A350-1000 finally enters service

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    AMcWhirter
    Participant

    I’m not really sure what the point of this is…

    Heathrow lost out to Paris CDG.

    As I noted above Etihad’s inaugural flight operated into Paris CDG. Heathrow is not expected to see this aircraft until later this year.

    Etihad’s A350-1000 will be its flagship at the present time.

    It is retiring its B777-300ERs and its small fleet of A380s remains grounded.


    TominScotland
    Participant

    Sounds more like KLM’s Economy Comfort rather than PE unless the service is upgraded.

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    EU_Flyer
    Participant

    Sounds more like KLM’s Economy Comfort rather than PE unless the service is upgraded.

    Indeed. I understand that it’s only the extra legroom. It’s free for Etihad Guest Platinum members and 50% for Gold. Otherwise it can be purchased at booking all the way to check in.

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