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Dubai holidays' top airline Etihad announces $750m investment

The prestigious and award-winning Dubai-based airline, Etihad has announced plans for $750million investment towards improving their service offerings and becoming more eco-friendly

Dubai holidays' top airline Etihad announces $750m investment
Etihad Airways, the airline responsible for taking discerning worldwide passengers to wonderful Dubai holidays has announced an investment of $750 million in its workforce, fleet, in-flight service and planning and resourcing projects.
Announced at last month’s Dubai Air Show, the news come just days after the airline secured the prestigious accolade of World’s Leading Airline at this year’s Word Travel Awards
“Etihad has taken great strides forward in only six years. We have created a compelling brand, an outstanding service offer and a strong hub at Abu Dhabi Airport.
“That progress was recognised last week when Etihad was named the world’s leading airline at the World Travel Awards.
“The record-breaking aircraft and engine orders we made at the Farnborough and Paris air shows demonstrate our transformation into a major player in global aviation.” - said James Hogan, Etihad’s chief executive when speaking at a press conference on the second day of the Dubai Air Show.
Mr Hogan added that the contracts and signings would provide maintenance, retro-fitting and cabin upgrades including the carrier’s in-flight entertainment system.
Other announcements of Etihad's new projects to enhance the on-air Dubai holidays experience include:
• A $200m contract with International Aero Engines to provide a comprehensive overhaul and repair service for 14 Airbus aircraft in Etihad’s narrow-body fleet
• A major contract with Lufthansa Technik to install the airline’s new first class suite in nine of its Airbus A340 aircraft currently in service. The work involves a complete renovation of the cabin, galley areas and a new in-flight entertainment system
• A contract with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to upgrade the cabins in the airline’s Boeing B777 and Airbus A320 fleets. The Boeing B777 programme involves replacing and reconfiguring economy class seats as well as upgrading the in-flight entertainment system.
• An agreement with aviation IT specialist Lufthansa Systems to introduce a new flight planning system, which will enable the airline to significantly reduce fuel costs by up to five per cent, cut emissions and benefit from more efficient flight planning processes
A key factor behind Etihad’s growth (which has also propelled Dubai holidays for the luxury-minded passenger) has been its investment in premium cabins including its First Class Suite, which won the World’s Leading First Class at this year’s World Travel Awards. The airline used the Dubai Air Show to showcase its new first class suite on one of its newest Airbus A340-600 aircraft.
Mr Hogan added on a concluding note: “The new first class suite is a stunning product that is helping us stand out in the premium travel market. It has been incredibly well-received and we are delighted to be able to roll it out across the A340 fleet so quickly.”
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