Etihad Airways to purchase new Boeing aircrafts
The New Boeing 777-200LR’s are to support Etihad Airways’ accelerated network growth plan.
Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the UAE, has announced its intention to purchase five Boeing aircrafts from Air India, today. The Boeing 777-200 LRs, the longest range passenger aircrafts in operation, are being acquired to support the company’s accelerated network growth plan.
The two carriers signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in Mumbai earlier this week, paving the way for the deal.
It was announced yesterday that the 777-200 LRs will be used on the airline’s new route between Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, which is scheduled to start on 1st June, 2014.
The aircrafts will be delivered to Etihad Airways at the beginning of 2014 (subject to approvals). Each of the aircrafts will be re-fitted in accordance with a three-class cabin configuration consistent with similar aircrafts in the Etihad Airways fleet. The first aircraft is expected to enter service in April next year.
The purchase comes as Etihad Airways finalises the details on a new fleet order to meet its organic growth and expansion requirements up to 2025, in line with its rolling network plan.
James Hogan, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said, that “The Boeing 777-200 LR is a fantastic addition, giving us extra reach immediately and complementing our long term fleet strategy.
“We are looking forward to starting direct services to Los Angeles, as well as increasing our flying to South America. This is the aircraft to do that.”
The Boeing 777-200 LR, of which less than 60 were manufactured, has a design range of 17,370 km, allowing it to connect almost any city in the world from Etihad Airways’ hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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