Etihad Airways has replaced its Airbus A330 aircraft servicing the Hong Kong-Abu Dhabi route with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The deployment of the larger 787-9 Dreamliner to Hong Kong is part of the airline’s plan to operate all 28 weekly services to China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong – using next-generation Dreamliner aircraft.
At the beginning of this year, the airline upgraded its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Beijing to the 787-10 Dreamliner, and in July will also upgrade the the daily service from Abu Dhabi to Chengdu with the Dreamliner, while the current 787-9 daily service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai will be replaced by the larger 787-10.
A significant improvement on the dated A330 product (read our review of the Etihad A330 business class experience here) the new 787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class seats. It will operate with 299 seats, including 28 in Business Class and 271 in Economy Class, representing a 27 per cent increase in Business Class capacity, and a 14 per cent capacity increase across all cabins.
Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 aircraft feature innovative, award-winning cabin designs and products, complemented by the airline’s acclaimed service and hospitality offerings. Flights include Food and Beverage Managers in Business Class and a Flying Nanny in Economy Class to provide extra specialised care for families with young children.
“We are delighted to now include Hong Kong on our growing list of Dreamliner destinations,” says Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group chief commercial officer. “Together with Beijing and Shanghai, also operated by the 787 Dreamliner, Chengdu will join the parade later this year. The move will guarantee product consistency and more convenient travel options for our customers travelling to and from Greater China, ensuring they experience the quietest cabins and our latest in-flight products and innovations.”
Etihad Airways provides business travellers with convenient flight timings between Abu Dhabi and Hong Kong, and seamless onward connections via Abu Dhabi to major destinations in the Gulf region, Europe, Africa and North America. Etihad Airways also operates an extensive codeshare partnership with Hong Kong Airlines (HX), allowing travellers enhanced connection options between Australasia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.
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