Catering to heightened demand, Etihad Airways will be deploying larger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners on its Amsterdam and Madrid routes this year.
Boasting 299 seats, the Dreamliners will be adopted on year-round scheduled services to Amsterdam from September and to Madrid from October, joining Düsseldorf and Zurich as the airline’s other European Dreamliner services.
Meanwhile during the summer months, the 787-9 will operate seasonally to Athens.
The Abu Dhabi-based airline currently operates a fleet of 13 Boeing 787-9s to 11 destinations around the world, including Düsseldorf, Zurich, Johannesburg, Amman, Riyadh, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Perth and Brisbane from Abu Dhabi.
In the coming months, Beirut, Beijing, Seoul and Melbourne will join the 787 network.
Between June 2-30, the carrier’s Amsterdam route will be granted a taste of the 787 experience, in order to meet early summer peak season demand. Adding to this, the current four-times-weekly Madrid service will be enhanced with additional flights, moving to daily operations as of June 1.
Commenting on the developments was CEO, Etihad Airways, Peter Baumgartner: “With two of Etihad Airways’ most popular European destinations joining our 787 network later this year, we are giving more guests the opportunity to fly on our next generation aircraft.
“Flights to and from Amsterdam and Madrid cater to business and leisure travellers, and with growing demand, there was a strong case to introduce bigger aircraft to these destinations. The 787 is fast becoming our flagship long-haul aircraft and as more are delivered, we will continue to look at upgrading existing routes with these excellent planes.”
Baumgartner concluded: “Since introducing our first 787 into commercial service more than two years ago, we have enjoyed excellent feedback from guests on our ground-breaking cabin interiors that have set a benchmark for high service levels in the region and across the world.”