Etihad Airways, will operate its luxurious 299-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Perth – Abu Dhabi route from June next year increasing capacity by 14 per cent.
The state-of-the-art aircraft that features the airline’s latest award winning cabin interior will replace the Airbus A330-200.
The first 787 flight from Abu Dhabi to Perth will be on 1 June and the return Perth to Abu Dhabi flight will be on 2 June.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said in a statement: “Since our first Dreamliner entered commercial service in February, we have enjoyed excellent feedback from our guests – particularly about our ground-breaking cabin interiors and service innovations which have set a new benchmark for comfort and style.
“The decision to offer this same industry-leading experience on the Perth route reflects the success of the Western Australian market and our enduring commitment to serve Australia with the pride of our fleet,” said Mr Hogan.
“We’re confident Western Australians will enjoy the cutting-edge design, comfort and personal space of our Dreamliners complemented by the warmth of our on-board hospitality and superior food and beverage offering.”
The 787 is fitted with 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.
With a further 66 Boeing 787s due to be delivered over the next few years, the aircraft will become the mainstay of Etihad Airways’ long-haul fleet.