Etihad Airways, A UAE Carrier, has decided to retire their Boeing 777’s by the end of the year. CEO Tony Douglas Indicated that the airline’s 777-300ER will not be flying with Etihad.
Etihad is in the midst of a radical fleet shakeup. Having said goodbye to the last of its A330s earlier last year, and with its Airbus A380’s parked for an indefinite amount of time, the fleet is much smaller compared to how it looked a few years ago.
Speaking at the World Aviation Festival, he said
"We took the decision to exit the A330, and to exit, at the end of this year, the 777-300ER.”
The Type will be replaced by their 40 787’s and their soon to come A350-1000’s.
Altogether, Etihad flew 25 different 777-300ER over the years. Six had already left the fleet in 2016, returning to Jet Airways from where they were leased. Still remaining in the fleet today are 19 777-300ER’s, delivered to the airline between 2006 and 2014.
The general Fleet average of 10.4 years, but many are only 6 and 7 years old.