Eti­had Air­ways' lux­ury dream­liner com­mences ser­vices into Bei­jing

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

An Eti­had Air­ways Boe­ing 787-9 Dream­liner touched down in Bei­jing yesterday af­ter its inau­gu­ral flight from Abu Dhabi, cap­i­tal of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE). Flight EY888 de­parted Abu Dhabi at 09:30 pm local time yesterday and ar­rived in Bei­jing at 08:50 am yesterday. To cel­e­brate the mile­stone event, a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony was held in Abu Dhabi, at­tended by se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from Eti­had Air­ways, the Em­bassy of the Peo­ple's Repub­lic of China in the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cul­ture Author­ity. The new 787-9 Dream­liner fea­tures Eti­had Air­ways' next-gen­er­a­tion Business and Econ­omy Class seats. It will op­er­ate with 299 seats - 28 in Business Class and 271 in Econ­omy Class, rep­re­sent­ing a 14 per­cent ca­pac­ity in­crease.

Peter Baum­gart­ner, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Eti­had Air­ways, said: "Since launch­ing flights be­tween our two cap­i­tals of Abu Dhabi and Bei­jing nine years ago, we have ex­pe­ri­enced the huge growth of China's out­bound tourism mar­ket and en­joyed strong de­mand from business and leisure trav­el­ers." "The de­ci­sion to up­grade our op­er­a­tions to the Dream­liner re­flects the im­por­tance of Bei­jing and the Chi­nese mar­ket to the air­line, and the sus­tained de­vel­op­ment of eco­nomic re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. Bei­jing is the na­tion's eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, cul­tural and in­ter­na­tional ex­change cen­tre, which un­der­lines its im­por­tance within Eti­had Air­ways' global net­work."

HE Mr Ni Jian, Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to the UAE, com­pli­mented Eti­had Air­ways' con­tri­bu­tions in the effort of en­hanc­ing the ca­pac­ity of air con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween China and the UAE. He said, "For many years, the UAE has been the sec­ond largest trad­ing part­ner and the largest ex­port mar­ket of China in the West Asia and North Africa Re­gion. The UAE is a found­ing mem­ber of the Asian In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ment Bank and com­mit­ted to its cen­tral mis­sion of bring­ing the Belt and Road vi­sion to life. As a key avi­a­tion hub in the Gulf re­gion, the UAE and Abu Dhabi will con­tinue to play a pos­i­tive role in the de­vel­op­ment of the 'Belt and Road' frame­work, us­ing the strong global net­work of Eti­had Air­ways."

HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Cul­ture Author­ity, added: "China has grown to be­come the largest over­seas source mar­ket for Abu Dhabi ho­tel guest arrivals, and through our pro-ac­tive in-ter­ri­tory pro­mo­tional ef­forts sup­ported by fur­ther ex­pan­sion in ca­pac­ity, we are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing 600,000 Chi­nese vis­i­tors to the emi­rate by 2021. Re­cent de­vel­op­ments such as visas on ar­rival will help pro­mote the UAE and Abu Dhabi as a unique business and leisure des­ti­na­tion. It will also en­cour­age Chi­nese trav­el­ers to take ad­van­tage of the ex­cel­lent stopover pack­ages on of­fer year round while en route to over 40 des­ti­na­tions across the Gulf re­gion, Europe, Africa and Amer­ica."

The Business Stu­dios in Business Class of­fer di­rect aisle ac­cess, a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches in length, and an in­crease of 20 per­cent in per­sonal space. Up­hol­stered in fine Poltrona Frau Leather, the Business Stu­dio is equipped with an in-seat mas­sage and pneu­matic cush­ion con­trol sys­tem which en­ables guests to ad­just the firm­ness and com­fort of their seat.

The air­line's Boe­ing 787 fleet is equipped with the lat­est in­flight en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tur­ing over 750 hours of movies and pro­grams, as well as hun­dreds of mu­sic choices and a se­lec­tion of games for both adults and chil­dren. Each Business Stu­dio has an 18-inch per­sonal touch-screen TV with noise-can­celling head­sets. Guests can also en­joy mo­bile con­nec­tiv­ity, on­board Wi-Fi and seven satel­lite chan­nels of live TV. Econ­omy Smart Seats pro­vide en­hanced com­fort with a unique 'fixed wing' head­rest, ad­justable lum­bar sup­port, a seat width of ap­prox­i­mately 19 inches and an 11.1" per­sonal TV mon­i­tor on each seat. The air­craft has been de­signed with en­hance­ments in­clud­ing hu­mid­ity con­trols while air pres­sure lev­els are set to en­sure a smoother flight, al­low­ing guests to ar­rive feel­ing fresher.

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