During the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, Etihad Airways presented a package of new in-flight products. The airline revealed there, among other things, new interiors for Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which will join the fleet in Q3 this year, and will then be installed on the airline’s B787s currently in use.
The extensive modernization of the modern cabins covers all Etihad Dreamliners, namely the Boeing B787-9 and B787-10. In the next two or three years, new cabins will be installed, including a new business and economy class. The first aircraft to receive the new interior will be the three new machines received in the fall of this year. from Boeing. Then, the replacement of seats in the currently used machines will begin.
Currently, Etihad has 90 aircraft in its fleet, including 39 Dreamliners: 30 B787-9s and nine large B787-10s. The carrier is awaiting delivery of 32 dreamliners: 11 B787-9 and 21 B787-10. After changing the deck, the carrier’s Dreamliners in the -9 version will carry 303 passengers: 32 in business class and 271 in economy class. The larger B787 will take 336 passengers on board: 32 in business class and 304 in economy.
“Etihad’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin interior represents further improvements to our award-winning and industry-renowned cabins. The new Business Class takes the passenger experience to new levels with the second evolution of the product called Business Studio, which was launched on the Airbus A350-1000 last year,” said Antonoaldo Neves, President of Etihad Airways.
Etihad means business
The Business Class cabin features Etihad’s unique and stylish interior, featuring a special edition Elements seat designed by Collins Aerospace. Etihad is the first airline in the world to introduce Elements seats in the Boeing 787.
The new seats will provide passengers with a comfortable and spacious environment with the added privacy provided by the doors of these small cabins. The height of the cabin has been increased compared to the Airbus A350 that debuted last year, providing greater privacy.
Each of the 32 seats in this class will have direct aisle access as the 1-2-1 configuration is used. It provides comfort, convenience and privacy for personal transportation and for accompanying persons. The armrests fully unfold to create a bed 199 cm long and 45 cm wide. They feature a 17.3-inch 4K TV screen, Bluetooth headset pairing, multiple traditional and wireless charging ports, and plenty of storage and storage space for your personal belongings.
High level of economy
In economy class, the Boeing 787 will have 271 seats, in a 3-3-3 configuration, which is lighter than those currently used. This will help the line to save fuel. The seats boast exceptional comfort and an increased sense of space created by smart design and adjustments, including a slim profile arm rest. Passengers can also enjoy a rich entertainment offering on the 13.3-inch 4K touchscreen, which also includes a convenient USB charging port.
Both cabins will offer a stylish environment and high levels of comfort, whether passengers choose to relax, work or enjoy the award-winning inflight entertainment.
Improvements in the so-called PaxEx experience
the so-called passenger experience (PaxEx) is a very important issue in the development of the current in-flight product. The new 787 Dreamliners will feature the latest in-flight entertainment technology from Safran. New functionality includes eg Rave Ultra 4K monitors, Bluetooth headphone pairing and the ability to pair a phone with a tablet and screen and use them as a remote control or display.
Dreamliners also feature a new connectivity solution from Viasat using Ka-band technology, which offers high-speed Wi-Fi and on-board streaming capabilities, as well as live TV, including news and sports channels. Etihad’s E-BOX offers hours of entertainment to suit a variety of passengers and their preferences. Hundreds of popular movies from Hollywood to Bollywood are also accompanied by various Arabic, Asian and European content. In addition, popular TV shows, music, podcasts and games will keep passengers entertained throughout their journey.
As Etihad insists, we won’t miss any time thanks to free Wi-Fly. As part of this year’s in-flight product upgrade, Etihad has introduced new Wi-Fly packages for its wider fleet, Chat and Surf, which offer unlimited data. Etihad Guest members, including those who join Etihad’s pre-flight program, are rewarded with free ‘Chat’ packs during the flight. Otherwise, you will have to pay $2.99 (for flights up to 7 hours) and $4.99 (for flights over 7 hours). Free Chat Packs give you access to popular messaging apps like What’s App, WeChat, Viber, Teams, Messenger, etc. Big Surf Packs offer unlimited data for the duration of your flight. You have to pay $9.99 or 1,200 Etihad Guest Miles (for flights up to 7 hours) and $19.99 or 2,400 Etihad Guest Miles (for flights over 7 hours) respectively.
The Arab carrier insists it is teaming up with Armani/Casa to create a premium shopping experience. Etihad’s exclusive partnership with Armani/Casa is now fully developed to offer guests an unparalleled business class experience. The offer includes groceries, accessories and furniture designed in collaboration with the internationally recognized Armani/Casa brand.