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Etihad introduces purpose-built plane

Etihad Airways has taken delivery of its first purpose-built aircraft, a 378-seat Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) model.

Etihad Airways has taken delivery of its first purpose-built aircraft, a 378-seat Boeing 777-300ER (Extended Range) model. The plane will operate on the Frankfurt-Abu Dhabi route and will offer a new level of in-flight comfort and service, according to Etihad.

The aircraft is equipped with Boeing’s Connexion technology, which will allow all passengers to send and receive e-mail from their seat and browse the web. Passengers in the Pearl Zone (Etihad’s name for business class) will have reclining seats that can be turned into beds.

The 777-300ER will also feature mood lighting, designed to help improve passengers’ wellbeing, and there is a broad choice of films, TV programming, radio channels, albums video games on offer.

“Etihad Airways is becoming synonymous with hospitality, and comfort is offered throughout the Etihad Airways Boeing 777-300ER aircraft,” said Robert Strodel, CEO of Etihad Airways. “Each Zone has been meticulously designed to meet guests’ requirements, and this is underlined in the Pearl Zone where the seats recline 180 degrees into a flat and comfortable bed.”

The two aisle aircraft will carry 378 passengers, 350 in the Coral Zone (economy class) and 28 in the Pearl Zone.
Etihad has a massive number of planes on order, including four more Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and a total of 24 Airbus models. These include four A340-500s, four A340-600s, 12 A330-200s and four double-decker A380s.

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