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Etihad Airways rolls out first B787-9 aircraft

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As part of strategic expansion drive by the airline, Etihad Airways and Boeing celebrated the roll out of the airline’s first 787-9 Dreamliner at an event in Seattle, Washington overnight.

The aircraft featured Etihad Airways’ new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery which was unveiled in Hamburg, Germany during the week.

James Hogan, president and chief executive officer of Etihad Airways Aviation Group, said the airline was proud to be one of the world’s largest customers for the B787 Dreamliner.

“We have firm orders for more than 100 Boeing wide-body aircraft which include 41 787-9s and 30 787-10s. Our new fleet of B787s will set customer service expectations for the airline industry, delivering the highest levels of comfort and choice across all classes of service.”

Also speaking, Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said: “Etihad Airways is one of the most forward-thinking airlines of the world and we’re proud to have their trust and confidence in the Dreamliner.”

Etihad Airways’ first Boeing 787-9 will be delivered in December 2014, while more than 40 international routes have been identified for future operation by the airline’s Dreamliners.

Etihad Airways has also revamped its product offering on the B787 based on extensive consumer research, with refinements in all three cabins.

Sade Williams