Etihad Airways will roster its Airbus A350 aircraft onto one of the carrier’s daily flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow from later this year.
Starting from October 30 Etihad’s A350 will operate flight EY11 from Abu Dhabi (departing at 0235 and arriving in London at 0550 the following) and EY12 (departing Heathrow at 0830 and landing back into Abu Dhabi at 1920).
Etihad Airways started passenger flights with its A350-1000 aircraft in April, over two years after the carrier placed five of the newly delivered planes into storage, as part of a business transformation plan which also saw it cancel an order for 42 A350-900s.
Etihad’s A350-1000 finally enters service
The aircraft have been fitted with Etihad’s new business class suite – a customized version of Collins Aerospace’s Super Diamond seat (the same as that used for British Airways’ Club Suite).
The cabin features 44 forward-facing suites with sliding privacy doors, as well as a 79-inch bed, 18.5-inch IFE screen with bluetooth headset pairing, wireless charging capabilities, and an adjustable dining table “with book holder and integrated headphone hook” .