Etihad Airways eyes narrow body aircraft

DUBAI — Etihad Airways is reviewing single aisle, narrow-body aircraft to be used on short-haul flights from its Abu Dhabi base.

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Published: Wed 18 Apr 2007, 8:44 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 9:13 PM

Aircraft being examined are the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 which are widely used by airlines across the world for short-haul flights of up to three hours.

More than 50 per cent of Etihad's international flight network, which includes destinations in the Levant, Middle East, North Africa and the Asian subcontinent, could be served by short-haul aircraft.

James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive, said: "The expansion to narrow-body aircraft will be beneficial on our regional network because they will enable us to offer greater frequencies and improved timings. It will also enable Etihad to devote our wide body aircraft fleet to our long-haul services to Asia, Europe, North America and South Africa."

Currently all of Etihad's 25 aircraft, which includes 11 Airbus A330-200s, five Boeing 777-300s and four Airbus A340-500s, are wide-body.

By acquiring narrow-body aircraft Etihad will also be able to launch new services to smaller regional destinations, significantly building on the airline's 48 flights per week to GCC countries.

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