ATM 2023: Etihad unveils new 787 Dreamliner seats ATM 2023: Etihad unveils new 787 Dreamliner seats
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ATM 2023: Etihad unveils new 787 Dreamliner seats

ATM 2023: Etihad unveils new 787 Dreamliner seats

The Boeing 787 aircraft is the first in the world to offer the Elements seat

Divsha Bhat
787 Dreamliner

Etihad Airways unveiled the new interior for its Boeing 787 Dreamliners that will join the fleet in the third quarter of this year adding to the 39 Dreamliners Etihad already operates at the Arabian Travel Market.

“Our new Business class takes the guest experience to new heights with the second evolution of the Business Studio which was launched on the Airbus A350-1000 last year,” said Antonoaldo Neves, chief executive officer, Etihad Airways.

Etihad’s business class

Etihad’s business cabin showcases a distinctive and stylish interior, which features the Elements seat designed by Collins, specifically tailored to the airline’s needs.

The Boeing 787 aircraft is the first in the world to offer the Elements seat. The new seat design ensures maximum comfort and spaciousness, with an added privacy feature of a suite door.

The suite height has been increased even further from the previous model, as seen in the A350’s debut, providing guests with enhanced privacy.

The cabin configuration of 1-2-1 offers direct aisle access to all 32 business seats, whether travelling alone or with companions, making it convenient and private.

The seats can be reclined to a fully flat 78-inch bed and are equipped with a 17.3-inch 4K TV screen, Bluetooth headphone pairing, multiple charging ports, wireless charging and ample storage.

Elevating economy

In economy, the 787 will feature 271 seats which are lighter in weight than the current fleet and therefore more fuel efficient. Guests can also enjoy an extensive range of entertainment on the 13.3-inch 4K touch-screen monitor which also includes a convenient USB charging port.

Both cabins offer a stylish environment and the highest standards of comfort whether guests choose to rest, work or enjoy the award-winning inflight entertainment.

Experience upgrades on 787 Dreamliner

The 787 Dreamliner provides the latest in inflight entertainment technology from Safran. Other new features include Rave Ultra 4K monitors, Bluetooth headphone pairing and the option to pair personal phones and tablets to the screen and use as a remote.

The 787 Dreamliner is fitted with a new connectivity solution from Viasat using Ka-band technology which offers high-speed wi-fi with streaming capabilities on board as well as Live TV, including news and sport channels.

Etihad’s E-Box also offers hours of entertainment which caters to a broad range of guests and preferences. Hundreds of blockbuster movies from Hollywood to Bollywood are accompanied by a broad range of Arabic, Asian and European content. In addition, popular TV shows, music, podcasts and games will ensure guests are entertained throughout their journey.

Meanwhile, in a sweep of product enhancements that arrived on board this year, Etihad introduced Wi-Fly packages on its wide-body fleet with Chat and Surf packages offering unlimited data. Etihad Guest members, including those who enrol instantly just before the flight, are rewarded with free ‘Chat’ packages while they fly.

The free Chat packages provide access to popular messaging apps such as What’s App, WeChat, Messenger and more. Generous Surf packages offer unlimited data for the full flight duration.

Armani/Casa and Etihad unite to create a phenomenal Business Class experience: Etihad’s unique partnership with Armani/Casa has now fully rolled out across the airline’s Business class cabins. The range features bespoke dining ware and soft furnishings designed in collaboration with celebrated international designer brand Armani/Casa.

Furthermore, Etihad’s new Economy dining service is also part of a closed loop recycling system, thereby creating a circular economy that removes single-use plastic entirely.

The dining equipment has been designed to provide a quality experience for guests, while being functional for crew as well as reducing the impact of the operation on the environment.

Neves continues: “We remain fully committed to providing industry-leading experiences for our guests and we’re proud to showcase this here at the Arabian Travel Market. This year is about growth for Etihad – as well as enhancing our guest experience and adding aircraft to our fleet, we’ve announced new routes for our network, including Kolkata last month, Lisbon, Malaga and Mykonos this summer and Copenhagen and Dusseldorf in the fourth quarter.”

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