Monday, 31 December 2018

Etihad Airways to put a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Hong Kong route.


The Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways has confirmed it will introduce a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily scheduled service from home base Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong. From 31st March 2019 the two-class aircraft will replace the Airbus A330-200 aircraft currently operating the route 


The new 787-9 Dreamliner service to Hong Kong will feature the airline’s next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats -  a capacity increase of six seats in Business and 31 in Economy in each direction, and an increase in belly-hold cargo capacity of four tonnes.    
Timetable
Boeing 787 schedule to Hong Kong effective 31 March 2019
Flight
Origin
Departs
Destination
Arrives
Frequency
Aircraft
EY 834
Abu Dhabi
22:05
Hong Kong
   10:05
Daily
Boeing 787-9
EY 833
Hong Kong
19:05
Abu Dhabi
23:25
Daily
Boeing 787-9
Notes: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.


The news of the placement of Boeing 787's on the Hong Kong schedule follows on from the news that the carrier will deploy 787's on the Barcelona route.



Etihad Airways say they will schedule 787-9 Dreamliners on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Barcelona starting 22nd February 2019.  This new jet will also be replacing an Airbus A330-200 that currently operates on the route. 

The deployment of the larger 787 Dreamliner to Barcelona has been timed to coincide with the Mobile World Conference taking place in the city from 25-28 February, during which Etihad Airways will provide daily flights. The airline will increase frequency to a permanent daily operation from 31 March.

The service will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats -  a capacity increase of six seats in Business and 31 in Economy in each direction, and an increase in belly-hold cargo capacity of four tonnes.

Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are delighted to now include Barcelona to our growing list of Dreamliner destinations. We launched flights to the city just last month and forward passenger and cargo demand on the route from Abu Dhabi, and beyond, has encouraged us to accelerate the deployment of the larger 787 on this popular service.


“Together with Madrid, also operated by the 787-9 Dreamliner, the move will guarantee product consistency and more convenient travel options for our customers travelling to and from Spain, ensuring they experience the quietest cabins and our latest in-flight products and innovations.”

Timetable
Boeing 787 schedule to Barcelona, effective 22 February 2019
Flight
Origin
Departs
Destination
Arrives
Freq
Aircraft
EY 49
Abu Dhabi
02:20
Barcelona
 07:15
Daily*
Boeing 787-9
EY 50
Barcelona
10:10
Abu Dhabi
20:00
Daily*
Boeing 787-9
*Permanent daily operation from 31 March 2019
Notes: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.

The 28 Business Studios offer direct aisle access, a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches in length, and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space. Upholstered in fine Poltrona Frau leather, the Business Studio is equipped with an in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control system which enables guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seat. 

Each Business Studio has an 18-inch personal touch-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets. Guests can also enjoy mobile connectivity, onboard Wi-Fi and seven satellite channels of live TV.

271 Economy Smart Seats provide enhanced comfort with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest, adjustable lumbar support, a seat width of approximately 19 inches and an 11.1” personal TV monitor on each seat. The aircraft has been designed with enhancements including humidity controls while air pressure levels are set to ensure a smoother flight, allowing guests to arrive feeling fresher.

The airline’s Boeing 787 fleet is equipped with the latest inflight entertainment system featuring over 750 hours of movies and programmes, as well as hundreds of music choices and a selection of games for both adults and children.
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