Etihad firms 777 order

Etihad Airways has confirmed its order for five Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The aeroplanes are worth $1.09 billion each at list price.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  December 19, 2004

Etihad Airways has confirmed its order for five Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range). The aeroplanes are worth $1.09 billion each at list price. The aircraft will be delivered next year, with the first delivery scheduled for October followed by two each in November and December. The order was first announced a few months back, but it has now been confirmed. The planes, the first Boeings ordered by Etihad — which has also signed up for 34 Airbus aircraft — will allow the carrier to launch new long-haul routes into Asia and North America. “We do our utmost to meet the needs of our discerning passengers and we’re pleased to be adding the 777-300ER to our fleet,” said Etihad’s chairman H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Saif Al-Nahyan. “Our objective is to build upon our status as one of the world’s top quality airlines. We believe our reputation will be enhanced even further by making the most of the 777’s wide, roomy cabin to create a distinctive experience for our guests.” “We continue to see significant orders for the 777 family, reinforcing the aeroplane’s reputation for flying long-haul routes as efficiently as possible with unrivalled interior comfort for passengers,” said Lee Monson, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice president of sales for the Middle East & Africa. “Early next year, we will raise the bar even further with the introduction of the 777-200LR (Longer Range), which will set the standard for long-haul, wide-body jetliners, carrying 301 passengers in spacious comfort and flying 9,420 nautical miles with full cargo loads while achieving unmatched fuel efficiency.”

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