Eti­had in­tro­duces Boe­ing 787 be­tween Abu dhabi, Beirut

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

ABU DHABI: Eti­had Air­ways yes­ter­day in­tro­duced the Boe­ing 787-9 on its sched­uled daily ser­vice from Abu Dhabi, the cap­i­tal of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), to Beirut, Le­banon.

The new 787 Dream­liner ser­vice re­places the Air­bus A321 air­craft pre­vi­ously op­er­at­ing the air­line’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from the Le­banese cap­i­tal. The Boe­ing 7879 fea­tures Eti­had Air­ways’ next-gen­er­a­tion Busi­ness and Econ­omy Class cab­ins and is con­fig­ured with 299 seats - 28 Busi­ness Stu­dios and 271 Econ­omy Smart Seats.

Mo­ham­mad Al-Bu­looki, Eti­had Air­ways Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial, said: “Beirut was the first in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion served by Eti­had Air­ways in 2003 and it is fit­ting that we in­tro­duce the state-ofthe-art 787 Dream­liner to this key mar­ket to­day. “The new two-class 787-9 pro­vides an in­crease of 125 seats per flight, with 4,186 weekly seats now of­fered in both di­rec­tions. This re­flects the strong de­mand to Le­banon from Abu Dhabi and the en­tire UAE, where a large Le­banese ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity re­sides.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of our cus­tomers trav­el­ling to Le­banon orig­i­nate in Aus­tralia, home to a con­sid­er­able Le­banese Aus­tralian com­mu­nity, with the vast ma­jor­ity based in the Syd­ney area. They can now en­joy an up­graded, seam­less fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, con­nect­ing from A380 ser­vices via Abu Dhabi onto 787 Dream­lin­ers on­wards to Beirut.”

The Boe­ing 787 is the back­bone of Eti­had Air­ways’ mod­ern fleet of air­craft, boast­ing in­no­va­tive, award-win­ning cabin de­signs and prod­ucts, com­ple­mented by the air­line’s ac­claimed ser­vice and hos­pi­tal­ity of­fer­ing, which on Beirut flights now in­cludes a Nor­land ap­proved Fly­ing Nanny in Econ­omy Class to pro­vide ex­tra spe­cialised care for fam­i­lies with young chil­dren. The Busi­ness Stu­dios of­fer di­rect aisle ac­cess, a fully-flat bed of up to 80.5 inches in length, and an in­crease of 20 per cent 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. 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.

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