Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Etihad begins UAE-Singapore Dreamliner flights

Etihad Airways has set a new benchmark for luxury travel on the UAE-Singapore route with the daily Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner services. First Suites, Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats are available on the Abu Dhabi-Singapore route. Flight timings offer seamless two-way connections to 35 cities across Etihad Airways’ global network.

Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, said deploying the Dreamliner to Singapore reflected the importance of the route to the airline and its commitment to a best-in-class experience. “The Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner is the most customised aircraft of its kind in the sky. The ground-breaking, next-generation First Suites, Business Studios and Economy Smart Seats offer a superior level of luxury and comfort and will transform the inflight experience," he said.

“Never before has the airline had such a compelling proposition nor been as strong a competitor in the Singapore travel market.”

Hogan also highlighted the airline’s Singapore flight timings and better connectivity to the network via the Abu Dhabi hub. Flight EY470 departs Abu Dhabi at 10pm and touches down at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 10.15am. The return flight, EY473, departs Changi Airport for Abu Dhabi at 8.10pm and arrives in the UAE capital at 11.45pm local time.

“With evening departures in both directions, we offer our guests in the UAE and Singapore more convenient travel times and improved connectivity to 35 destinations in the GCC, Middle East, Africa and Europe," he noted.

“This includes seamless connections to our flagship A380 services to London enabling guests to experience the luxurious First Apartment and The Residence, the world’s first private three-room cabin on a commercial airliner.”

Etihad Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner carries 235 guests – eight in First Class, 28 in Business Class and 199 in Economy Class – and offers levels of luxury, comfort, entertainment and inflight connectivity unrivalled in commercial aviation.

The d├ęcor and lighting on board Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner is inspired by contemporary modern Arabian design, complementing the airline’s Facets of Abu Dhabi design identity introduced in late 2014.

First Class guests experience luxurious private suites with Poltrona Frau leather-upholstered seat and ottoman, a personal wardrobe, chilled mini-bar, a 24" TV monitor and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed. A professional onboard Chef offers First Class guests a bespoke dining experience, preparing fine cuisine inflight from fresh produce.

Business Class guests enjoy the comfort and space of the airline’s new Business Studios, each offering direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5" in length, and a personal 18" touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets. Food and Beverage Managers, handpicked from some of the world’s best restaurants, oversee the service of a ‘dine anytime’ a la carte and snack menu in the Business Class cabin.

In Economy Class, the Economy Smart Seat provides enhanced comfort with a unique, ergonomic ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat, a 32" seat pitch and a generous 6" recline. Guests can enjoy more than 750 hours of on demand entertainment on an 11.1" HD screen with an intuitive interface and video touch screen handset.

These guest experience innovations are complemented by the Dreamliner’s DNA – the commercial aviation industry’s largest windows; air that is cleaner, more humid and at a higher pressure for better comfort; large overhead stowage bins; soothing LED lighting; and technology to sense and counter turbulence for a smoother ride.

Etihad Airways commenced three weekly flights to Singapore on September 28, 2007 and went daily on February 1, 2013. It introduced its award-winning First Class to the route on 1 June 2015 with the deployment of a three-class Airbus A330-300 aircraft.