Etihad Introduces Airbus A350s to Its Fleet

The next-generation aircraft is part of the carrier’s overall efforts to reduce carbon emissions and reach net-zero by 2050.

All images courtesy of Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways has put its very first Airbus A350-1000 into service between Abu Dhabi and Paris, making it the first UAE airline to operate the state-of-the-art aircraft. Four more A350s are now set to join the Gulf carrier’s fleet over the coming months.

Tony Douglas, Etihad’s Group Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement, “Our teams have worked closely together to craft a product and travel proposition that will ensure every journey with Etihad is a choice well made — both for our guests and for the planet. With highly efficient fuel consumption and CO2 savings, the A350 will support our goals to reduce carbon emissions and deliver an unmatched flight experience for our guests.”

The aircraft, named Sustainability50, carries a special livery celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the federation of the UAE and Etihad’s goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. According to the airline, the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered Airbus A350 is one of the most efficient aircraft types in the world, with 25 percent less fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation twin aisle aircraft.

Etihad’s new A350-1000s will be deployed on a number of short to medium-range routes over the next three months, including Mumbai and Delhi, before being introduced on ultra-long-haul operations to Chicago and New York from July.

The Etihad A350 business-class seat.

All seats in business class come with sliding doors and direct aisle access.

As for the guest experience, the Airbus A350 may have the quietest cabin of any wide-body aircraft. The lighting design was inspired by the shadows cast by Abu Dhabi’s palm trees, and is intended to create an optimum environment for sleeping and reducing the effects of jetlag. Another feature that helps fight jetlag is the new dark-mode interface on the E-BOX inflight entertainment system. Passengers can also look forward to mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity throughout all cabins.

Business class is home to 44 Business Studios with sliding doors to offer a greater sense of privacy; every seat faces forward with direct aisle access. Flyers are promised even more comfort as the seats have a width of over 20 inches and convert into a fully-flat bed. They also come with ample storage space, noise-cancelling headphones, and an 18.5-inch TV screen. Business-class guests can choose from a curated à la carte menu, with those on longer flights free to enjoy Etihad’s “dine anytime” service.

Meanwhile, Etihad’s A350 economy-class cabin is configured with 327 seats in a 3-3-3 arrangement, and includes 45 Economy Space seats with an extra four inches of legroom. Each of the economy seats feature a supportive headrest, USB charging and Bluetooth headphone pairing, and a 13.3-inch PTV screen.

More information here.

Economy Space seating aboard Etihad’s brand-new A350.

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