Etihad to retire all B77-300ER, remains with an all-B787s fleet on long-haul routes


April 23, 2021 / Etihad Airways (EY) is amidst a process of cost-cutting and rationalization aimed at bringing the carrier to profitability by 2023. Conceived in 2019, the plan has been hugely accelerated following the crisis caused by the Covid pandemic. in point of fleet,

While all the Airbus A330s had gone before the pandemic onset, Etihad accelerated the retirement of all its 10 Airbus A380s featuring the world’s most luxurious class, The Residence. Next in the departing list is the fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs. Etihad’s CEO, Tony Douglas, announced that all the 19 Triple Sevens in the carrier’s colours will be gone by year’s end.

These are rather new machines, with an average age of the fleet just over the 10 years and the newest ones a mere 8-years old. Etihad uses them in as many as three different cabin loyouts: seven of them feature 8 First Class seats, 40 Business Class seats and 280 Economy Class seats, while all other are in high-density configurations seating 380 (40 Business, 340 Economy) or 412 (28 Business, 384 Economy) passengers.

The 777-300ER retirement means that by 2022, EY’s long-haul fleet will be made exclusively by Dreamliners, with 40 flying in Etihad’s colours, including 10 787-10s seating 336 passengers (32 in Business, 304 in Economy) and 30 Boeing 787-9s seating 235 (8 First, 28 Business, 199 Economy) or 299 (28 Business, 271 Economy) passengers. (Photo Wikimedia Commons)

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