Boeing rolls-out Etihad B787-9

29 Sep 2014 by GrahamSmith

Etihad Airways' first B787-9 Dreamliner was last night rolled-out at Boeing's headquarters in Everett, Washington.

The Gulf carrier will take delivery of the aircraft, which features its new livery design, in December.

Etihad has a total of 71 B787s on order, of which 41 are B787-9s and 30 are B787-10s.

Etihad B787-9

It will deploy the B787-9 onto its Dusseldorf and Doha routes from December, followed by Washington DC and Mumbai from January 1, and Brisbane and Moscow from June 1 (see news, August 28).

Test flights will be conducted with the airline's first B787-9 prior to its entry into service.

The aircraft will be configured in three classes with eight seats in first, 28 in business and 199 in economy. To view a seatplan, click here.

James Hogan, Etihad's president and CEO, said: "We have firm orders for more than 100 Boeing wide-body aircraft which include 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s.

"Our new fleet of B787s will set customer service expectations for the airline industry, delivering the highest levels of comfort and choice across all classes of service."

Last week, Etihad unveiled its new livery design, which will be added to its entire fleet over the next three years, as its first A380 exited the paint hangar at Airbus' facility in Hamburg (see news, September 26).

Graham Smith

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