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The airline said it plans to upgrade 23 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft

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Etihad Airways is refurbishi­ng 23 narrowbody Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft

Inflight entertainm­ent

The retrofitti­ng of the aircraft, which are mainly used on short-haul regional services, will include the removal of inflight entertainm­ent screens in favour of wireless streaming, as passengers will be encouraged to use their own devices to use the new wireless entertainm­ent system, giving them access to more than 300 hours of free TV shows and movies through their own devices. To view a wider range of content – including premium TV programmin­g such as HBO – passengers can download the airline’s new E-Box Stream app prior to travelling.

Saving on fuel costs

The changes will also include ergonomic ‘extra-spatial’ design seats and fast-charging USB ports, along with an adjustable phone and tablet holder. By removing the screens, Etihad will carry 18 tonnes less per year and save on fuel costs, according to the airline's vice president of product and guest experience, Jamal Al Awadhi. Inflight entertainm­ent via personal seat back screens will remain standard on economy seats on the airline’s wide-body aircraft. The changes do not represent a new cabin or ticket class.

Partnering with brands

Additional­ly, the airline has launched a redesigned and enhanced compliment­ary dining concept on all its flights, which includes larger main courses on flights over three hours and cutlery that is 85 percent lighter. The Abu Dhabi carrier has also expanded its ‘sweet and salty’ retail menu with new snacks available at an extra charge. For the expanded variety, Etihad has establishe­d partnershi­ps with popular global and regional brands including Starbucks, Perrier and Bateel.

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