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Etihad Celebrates Delivery of its 100th and 101st Aircraft

Etihad Celebrates Delivery of its 100th and 101st Aircraft

Etihad Airways last week celebrated a major milestone as the fastest growing airline in commercial aviation history, when it took delivery of its 100th and 101st aircraft on the same day.

Etihad staff welcome the 100th and 101st aircraft to the fleet.

Etihad staff welcome the 100th and 101st aircraft to the fleet

The 100th aircraft, a new Airbus A321-231 (registration A6-AEC), was delivered from the Airbus Finkenwerder facility in Hamburg. On arrival in Abu Dhabi, the aircraft was welcomed by over 500 Etihad Airways employees at a specially organised photo-shoot to mark the occasion.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive, Etihad Airways, said: “This is an important day for an airline that launched operations just over 10 years ago. Etihad Airways continues to grow, to prosper and to lead the way in innovation and service. Today, we fly the most technologically advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft available, setting new standards in comfort and reliability.”

James Hogan

James Hogan

The airline now operates three Airbus A321, with seven more on order. This A321 delivery is joined by the airline’s 101st aircraft, an Airbus A320-200 (registration A6-EIX). Both aircraft are equipped with sharklets, which are blended winglets at each wingtip, designed to enhance the payload-range performance, allowing a significant reduction in fuel-burn.

In November 2013, Etihad Airways placed its largest ever aircraft order at the Dubai Airshow with a value of US$67 billion for up to 199 aircraft and 294 engines.

The airline will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A380 aircraft in October and December of this year respectively. These aircraft will feature Etihad Airways’ revolutionary new cabins, which were unveiled on 4th May 2014, including, for the first time in the airline industry, a luxurious self-contained three-room cabin on the A380 known as ‘The Residence’, featuring a separate living room, bathroom and double bedroom.                                                                 

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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