Etihad to expand B787 network in Europe

Etihad Airways today announced plans to boost its European Dreamliner network with the deployment of Boeing 787-9 aircraft to Amsterdam and Madrid. The Dreamliners will be introduced on year-round scheduled services to Amsterdam from September 1, and to Madrid, effective October 1, joining Düsseldorf and Zurich as the airlineâ??s other European Dreamliner services. The 787-9 will also operate seasonally to Athens during the summer months. With a phased delivery of nine Boeing 787-9s this year, the aircraft are gradually being introduced on a number of international routes from the airlineâ??s Abu Dhabi hub. Etihad Airways currently operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 787-9s to 11 destinations â?? namely Washington, Düsseldorf, Zurich, Johannesburg, Amman, Riyadh, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Perth and Brisbane from Abu Dhabi. Beirut, Beijing, Seoul and Melbourne are due to join the 787 network over the next few months. The Amsterdam route will have a taste of the 787 between June 2nd and 30th to help meet demand during the early summer peak period. The current four weekly Madrid services will also be boosted with additional flights, moving to a daily operation from June 1. Etihad Airways has pending deliveries of a further 58 Dreamliners over the next few years. Courtesy: TradeArabia News Service

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