Etihad Airways to give larger legroom to Economy flyers
Abu Dhabi - New seats will maintain comfortable 'living space'.
Etihad Airways has unveiled a major Economy transformation programme starting with the cabin upgrade and refurbishment of 23 narrow-body Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The retrofit programme, which includes new personalised wireless streaming entertainment to smartphone and tablet devices, is scheduled for completion in August this year.
The airline is also introducing a new Economy dining concept on all its flights as part of a wider programme of enhancements to its inflight catering.
Etihad introduced the new developments at the Arabian Travel Market, together with a new advertising campaign, 'Go Your Own Way'. The campaign will drive greater awareness of Etihad's commitment to providing its guests with greater control, choice and value by personalising their travel experiences.
Complete narrow-body cabin upgrade
Etihad is progressively upgrading the Economy cabins of its narrow-body fleet of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. These are used mainly on short-haul regional services, and further afield to 38 Etihad gateways within five hours of flight from Abu Dhabi. The airline is installing modern and refreshed cabins featuring ergonomic Extra-spatial Design seats by UK based Acro. The next-generation seats, which will maintain comfortable 'living space', and provide increased legroom, are cleverly designed around the guest's digital devices with fast-charging USB points and an adjustable phone and tablet holder.
The first stage of enhancements to the Economy experience began in 2017 with new seating options such as Neighbour-Free Seats, Economy Space, and Preferred Seats introduced on the wide-body fleet.
Wireless inflight entertainment (Airbus A320 / A321)
Guests on narrow-body aircraft will be able to simply log on and connect via browser to wirelessly stream more than 300 hours of free inflight entertainment through Etihad's onboard Panasonic eXW system directly to their own devices. To view a wider range of exciting entertainment programming, including more Hollywood blockbusters, international movies, and premium TV programming such as HBO and Universal shows, guests can simply download the new e-Box Stream app prior to travel.
Inflight entertainment via personal seat back screens will remain standard in the Economy cabins on the airline's fleet of wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
All new Economy dining experience
Etihad has launched a redesigned and enhanced complimentary dining concept on all its flights. On journeys of over three hours, the main course of the core complimentary dining service is now a larger, contemporary bistro-style meal which is higher in quality, with a focus on fresh seasonal ingredients and more destination-focused choices. A new curved triangular base plate design reflects the heritage of Abu Dhabi and is made using recycled materials. New cutlery is 85 per cent lighter, reducing aircraft weight and fuel burn. Each year, the airline will also remove 27 million plastic lids, and other containers, supporting its drive towards greater sustainability and to reduce the use of single-use plastics by 80 per cent by 2022.
As part of the new dining sequence, dessert items will be served separately with the after-meal coffee and tea service, reducing clutter on the tray during the main meal. On shorter flights, dessert will be served with the main meal.
In addition, the significantly expanded 'Sweet or Salty' retail menu complements the core dining service with offerings including a Tapas box, hot dishes, and premium sweet and savoury snacks, all available for purchase. The selection also includes options for children. The new retail service will be enhanced by partnerships with brands such as Bateel, Starbucks, Thorntons, Cawston Press, Heavenly, Perrier and Barebells.
Etihad is also refreshing soft products including new blankets, pillows and headrest covers to further enhance inflight comfort and ambience.