Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Chengdu, effective July 1, 2019, replacing the Airbus A330-200 currently operating the route. Also from July 1, the airlines’ daily service from Abu Dhabi to Shanghai will be upgraded from the 787-9 to the larger 787-10 Dreamliner.
Once the changes take effect, the airline will fly all 28 weekly services to China’s four main gateways – Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong – with the next generation Dreamliner aircraft.
Above Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLU (msn 39675) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 945709.
The 787-9 service to Chengdu will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats – 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. The upgrade of aircraft will also see an increase in belly-hold cargo capacity of four tonnes.
The 787-10 service to Shanghai will be configured with 336 seats – 32 Business Studios and 304 Economy Smart. Belly-hold cargo capacity will be increased by two and a half tonnes.
Etihad Airways recently celebrated 10 years of direct flights between Abu Dhabi and China, the capital-capital airlink was launched in 2008. Since 2008, the airline has carried over four and a half million passengers between Abu Dhabi and China.
Timetables: Abu Dhabi – China schedules
|EY 818||Abu Dhabi||08:15||
|21:00||Abu Dhabi||00:25||Daily*||Boeing 787-9|
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. *Daily operation during summer timetable, three weekly flights during winter timetable.
|EY 862||Abu Dhabi||21:45||
|00:45||Abu Dhabi||05:55||Daily||Boeing 787-10|
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Shanghai to be upgraded to 787-10 from July 1, 2019. Departure of 1st 787-10 from Shanghai will be on July 3, 2019.
|EY 888||Abu Dhabi||21:30||Beijing||08:50||Daily||Boeing 787-10|
|EY 889||Beijing||01:25||Abu Dhabi||06:10||Daily||Boeing 787-10|
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Beijing upgraded to 787-10 Dreamliner on Jan 1, 2019.
|EY 834||Abu Dhabi||22:05||Hong Kong||10:05||Daily||Boeing 787-9|
|EY 833||Hong Kong||19:45||Abu Dhabi||00:05||Daily||Boeing 787-9|
Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time. Hong Kong to be served by 787-9 Dreamliner from March 31, 2019. Departure of 1st 787-9 from Hong Kong will be on April 1, 2019.
In other news, the airline is also reducing its aircraft on order. In a statement, the airline stated it will take delivery of five Airbus A350-1000s and 26 A321neos plus six Boeing 777-9s “over the coming years” (no specific delivery dates).
The carrier stated it will also continue to take delivery of new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, but did specify the number. Etihad has so far received 28 of 71 Dreamliners it has on order.
With these fleet changes, Etihad Airways will also retire its last three remaining Airbus A330-300s in March 2019.