Etihad Airways today unveiled its new Airbus A350-1000, with the launch of a special first commercial flight from Abu Dhabi to Paris.
It is the first A350 to be operated by a UAE airline, and the first of five other A350s to join the Etihad Airways fleet in the coming months.
The first flight left Abu Dhabi for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 07:30, with a delegation consisting of representatives of Etihad Airways and Airbus, as well as a number of diplomats, professional media and other dignitaries and business partners.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are proud to include the Airbus A350 to serve Etihad’s network. They are incredible aircraft. Our team has put a lot of effort and has worked with various stakeholders to a unique product that will make every flight a pleasure.Board Etihad Airways is an ideal choice for airline guests and the environment.With high operating fuel efficiency and carbon savings, the Airbus A350 supports our goals of reducing our carbon footprint and a unparalleled travel experience. ”
The aircraft carries distinctive “Estidama 50” paintwork celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates and Etihad’s commitment to no carbon emissions by 2050. The aircraft will join Etihad’s leading sustainability campaign, aimed at its sustainability program. in the elimination of carbon emissions related to the aviation sector.
The establishment of the program came in collaboration between Etihad, Airbus, Rolls and Race in 2021, and will see the use of the Etihad Airbus A350 as a laboratory for new innovative initiatives, products and technologies focusing on reducing carbon emissions, build on what has been learned and acquired through the similar “Greenliner” program applied to Etihad’s aircraft, the company’s Boeing B787.
The Trent XWB engine for the Airbus A350 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft engines, with fuel consumption and carbon emissions up to 25 percent lower than the previous generation twin-engine engines. Etihad recently established a formal framework with Airbus to work together on sustainability across areas, including the promotion and marketing of sustainable aviation fuels, waste and weight management, and the development of data-driven analytics.
In this regard, Douglas says: “We have designed our sustainability program to be an engine of mutual cooperation, and our strategic partnership today with Airbus allows us to benefit from the qualifications and competencies of the Airbus A350 in terms of sustainability, through us” Sustainability 50 ”program as we continue our efforts to achieve our goals of reducing the aviation sector’s carbon footprint on the environment.”
The new Airbus A350 will serve a number of short- and medium-haul destinations in the second quarter of this year, including Mumbai and Delhi, before being introduced to service destinations such as Chicago and New York from July.
The new aircraft will be the first to feature the latest Abu Dhabi-inspired Etihad cabin interior design that is more efficient, sustainable and gas-centered. Etihad has always been known for the high quality of its aircraft, and the Airbus A350 interior is loaded with thoughtful and in-depth details to offer exceptional comfort and enhanced privacy.
The lighting designs for Al Ittihad were inspired by the shades that Abu Dhabi throws palm trees on their surroundings. The cabin lighting mimics the natural lighting of the place and is designed to enhance the guest experience, provide an ideal sleeping environment and reduce the effects of time difference between countries. The Airbus A350 offers the quietest cabin environment for wide-body aircraft.
Another feature of the cabin is the ability to reduce multiple lights from other devices, such as the dark night mode feature for the E-BOX entertainment system interface. Wi-Fi and a cell phone are also available on the plane.
Young Etihad stars will launch the new Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi-themed family travel experience for younger guests can enjoy. A special feature of this aircraft is the new interactive flight map feature, which helps children discover maps with the help of their dinosaur friends.
The sumptuous Business Class cabin features 44 studios, each with its own sliding door, enabling a high level of privacy. The seats are forward facing and all offer a direct exit to the corridors. Seat width more than 20 inches, fully flat bed 79 inches, with enough storage space for extra comfort.
Noise-canceling headphones and 18.5-inch screen provide a movie experience for Etihad’s in-flight entertainment system. The seats also carry a professionally integrated wireless charging patch with the ability to connect headphones via Bluetooth.
Business class guests can choose their dishes from the menu designed for each flight, and on long-haul flights, they can choose the “eat anytime” service.
Etihad’s spacious Economy Class cabin is designed to accommodate 327 smart 3-3-3 seats, of which 45 are ‘Economy Spacious’ seats enhanced by an additional 4-inch legroom. The Crystal Cabin Award-winning class seats were selected after extensive customer testing, in which Etihad based their feedback on comfort and sustainability. The seats feature Etihad-branded headrests, USB charging ports and Bluetooth headphone connections, as well as a 13.3-inch screen to enjoy the award-winning Etihad in-flight entertainment system.
All guests receive blankets and pillows for extra comfort, as well as a convenience bag for long journeys, and can enjoy complimentary food and beverage service provided by our award-winning guest staff.
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