Etihad Airways and Boeing form game-changing union

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Etihad Airways and Boeing have announced an industry-leading strategic partnership centred on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and focused on innovation, cost efficiency and minimising the impact of aviation on the environment.

The UAE national carrier, which received its first 787 in December 2014, now operates 36 Dreamliners – the largest number in the Middle East – which comprise more than one third of its total fleet and will reach 50 per cent by 2023.

At the ongoing 2019 Dubai International Air Show, group chief executive, Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas; and executive vice president, The Boeing Company, and president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Stanley Deal, signed a comprehensive agreement through which the companies will share knowledge, experience and resources to continuously improve the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and reduce aircraft carbon emissions, a major challenge across many industries today.

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Moreover, Etihad Airways and Boeing also jointly unveiled a special ‘Greenliner’ livery for one of the airline’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft, to highlight their shared commitment to more sustainable aviation, and to test new products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce fuel consumption.

The partnership will be underpinned by commercial and technical agreements valued at approximately $215 million, encompassing a broad range of services including a landing gear overhaul programme, high value airframe components, and maintenance planning optimisation tools.

Douglas stated: “Innovation, productivity and sustainability are core values and objectives of Etihad Airways and of Abu Dhabi, and the Boeing 787 is a key enabler of all three. Etihad and Boeing see great opportunities to share our combined knowledge of this incredible aircraft, and to work with other aviation stakeholders to explore opportunities for more innovation and less environmental impact.”

The companies commit to build upon the significant technical capabilities which Etihad has developed to support both its own 787 Dreamliners, and those of a growing number of other operators, as well as engineer exchanges with a focus on further developing the skills and experience of UAE nationals.

Activities under discussion include training for pilots, cabin crew and maintenance technicians, secondment of pilots between Etihad, Boeing, and other operators, and development in Abu Dhabi of Maintenance and Repair Organisation capabilities for the type.

“The 787 Dreamliner and its revolutionary design have enabled carriers such as Etihad Airways to significantly reduce fuel use and emissions,” Deal commented. “It is the perfect platform for advancing our industry’s commitment to sustainable growth. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Etihad Airways and identifying more ways to improve efficiency across commercial aviation.”