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Etihad Airways has unveiled the new Airbus A350-1000, registered under the code A6-XWB, with the launch of a special inaugural commercial flight from Abu Dhabi to Paris. The aircraft is the first of the A350 model to be operated by an Emirates airline, and the first of 5 other aircraft of the same model to join the Etihad Airways fleet in the coming months.
The first flight departed from Abu Dhabi to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 7:30 am, with a delegation consisting of representatives of Etihad Airways and Airbus, as well as a number of diplomats, media professionals and other personalities. and business partners.
Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group, said: “We are proud to have included the Airbus A350 to serve Etihad’s network, and they are amazing. Our team worked hard and collaborated with various actors to create a unique product that would make every Etihad Airways flight an ideal choice for the company’s guests and the environment. With high operational fuel efficiency and carbon savings, the Airbus A350 supports our intentions to reduce our carbon footprint and provide an unparalleled travel experience. ”
On this occasion, Michael Houari, Airbus President for Africa and the Middle East, said: “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Etihad Airways, which is a long-term partner of Airbus in the UAE. The A350-1000 sets new standards for air travel, offering unprecedented levels of operational efficiency, with a 25% reduction in fuel consumption and lower emissions. Today, we are leading a new and promising start for the country’s aviation sector through innovation and commitment to sustainability. We also look forward to many more years of partnership and cooperation to support Etihad Airways in expanding its network with our most advanced and efficient aircraft. ”
The aircraft carries the distinctive “Estidama 50” paint that celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates, and Etihad’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The aircraft will join Etihad’s campaign for key sustainability, as part of a sustainability program aimed at eliminating carbon emissions related to aviation sector operations.
The program was created in collaboration between Etihad, Airbus, Rolls and Race in 2021 and will see the use of the Etihad Airbus A350 as a laboratory for innovative, innovative products and technologies focused on reducing carbon emissions, relying on in what has been learned and mastered through a similar Etihad “Greenliner” program, which has been applied to the company’s Boeing B787 aircraft.
The Trent XWB engine for the Airbus A350 is one of the most efficient aircraft engines in the world, with fuel consumption and carbon emissions up to 25% lower than the previous generation two-line engines.
The new Airbus A350 will serve a range of short- and medium-haul destinations in the second quarter of this year, including Mumbai and Delhi, before launching long-haul destinations such as Chicago and New York from July.
The new aircraft will be the first to offer the latest Abu Dhabi-inspired Etihad cockpit design, which is a more efficient, sustainable and guest-centered design. The lighting patterns for Al Ittihad were inspired by the nuances that Abu Dhabi palms emitted into their environment. The cabin lighting mimics the natural light of the place and is designed to enhance the guest experience, provide an ideal sleeping environment and reduce the effects of the time difference between the seats. The Airbus A350 offers the quietest cabin environment for a wide-body aircraft.
Another feature of the cabin is the ability to restrict different lights from other devices, such as the dark night mode function for the E-BOX in-flight entertainment system interface. Wi-Fi and a mobile phone are also available on the plane.
The Business Class luxury cabin features 44 studios, each with its own sliding door, allowing for a high level of privacy. The seats are turned forward and all offer direct access to the corridors. The width of the seat is more than 20 inches, with the possibility of turning into a completely flat bed of 79 inches, with ample storage space for added comfort.
The noise canceling headphones and 18.5-inch screen provide a cinematic experience for the Etihad in-flight entertainment system. The seats also feature a professionally integrated wireless charging patch with the ability to connect headphones via Bluetooth.
The spacious economy class cabin was designed to include 327 intelligent seats arranged in a 3-3-3 system, including 45 seats in the “wide economy” class, which were upgraded by adding another 4 inches to the space. ankles.
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