Etihad, which operates freight and passenger routes to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and North America, plans to expand into new markets with the aircraft.
In fact, Etihad CEO James Hogan stated, “Both the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the 777 freighter offer highly attractive operating economics and will facilitate our global expansion plans by allowing us to transport passengers and cargo into new global markets from our hub in Abu Dhabi.”
The Dreamliner order, in particular, highlights Etihad’s commitment to flying one the most fuel-efficient fleets in the world, Hogan asserted. It also makes the United Arab Emirates flag carrier the world’s largest Dreamliner operator, according to a Boeing press release.
Not that Etihad has all of the aircraft in its possession. The carrier currently has 41 Dreamliners on order, in addition to its backlog of 12 777s; 10 of these aircraft are 777-300 extended-range airplanes.