Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Feature Request

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Etihad Airways | Boeing | 787-9


image Etihad Airways Overview

Etihad Airways (Arabic شركة الاتحاد للطيران sharikat alittiḥād liṭṭayarān) is a flag carrier and the second-largest airline of the United Arab Emirates (after Emirates). Its head office is in Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi, near Abu Dhabi International Airport. Etihad commenced operations in November 2003.

The airline operates more than 1,000 flights per week to over 120 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 116 Airbus and Boeing aircraft as of February 2018.


image Etihad Airways 787-9 History

Order History
  • Etihad Airways made orders for initial 35 787-9s back to March 2008

  • Etihad ordered further 10 787-9s on December 2011, making Etihad as 787-9’s largest buyer at that time.

Production
  • Etihad’s first 787-9 (A6-BLA) started assembly on September 2014

  • Etihad unveiled their new livery in 787-9 (After A380-800 variant which was unveiled 2 days earlier) on 28 September 2014 and 787-9 was the first type to operate with the new livery on revenue flights.

Delivery and First Flight

Fun Fact
Currently, Etihad has 20 787-9s in service alongside another 22 787-9s in order.


image Philosophy of the New Livery

Quoted from Etihad Airways page

We call our livery ‘The Facets of Abu Dhabi’, reflecting a place with a tradition of exceptional hospitality, remarkable experiences and a boundless vision for the future. This is the place that inspires our product innovations and service values. This is the place that we are proud to call ‘home’.

Our livery is inspired by the culture and sights of Abu Dhabi. It brings together the geometric shapes and patterns inherent in Islamic design that are found across Abu Dhabi’s architecture, and the colour palette of our United Arab Emirates desert landscape - from the darker sands of Liwa to the lighter colours of the Northern Emirates.

image About A6-BLB

Courtesy of A6-BLB’s Airfleets.net page

  • A6-BLB is also known as MSN39647 and LN253
  • A6-BLB had it’s first flight on 10 February 2015
  • The plane age is 3.4 years as of July 2018
  • A6-BLB is Etihad’s second 787-9 to enter service
  • The plane is configured with 28 Business Class seats (arranged in 1-2-1 seating) and 271 Economy Class seats (arranged in 3-3-3 seating)
  • A6-BLB is fitted with 2 Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines
  • Delivered new to Etihad Airways on 28 February 2015

image Why do I want this?

The reason why I requested this particular livery is because of how popular this livery in Etihad’s network. This 787-9 alongside A330-200 variant are commonly used on Etihad’s routes with lower yield. In the future, these 44 787-9s will be very common to see in Abu Dhabi’s airport and therefore making Etihad as one of the biggest operators of 787-9 type (After American Airlines and ANA) and the biggest fleet type in Etihad Airways’ fleet

The presence of this 787-9 would complement and adds diversity to existing Etihad liveries in Infinite Flight alongside A321-200, 777-300ER, 777-200F, and 787-10 (Which is expected to enter service in the near future).


image Why do I make this request as a wiki?

I made it as a wiki so this request can always be updated following new guidelines of #features that could change sometime in the future, also to further update this thread from time to time


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Important Note :
Every vote will be very meaningful for the addition of this livery. We do always appreciate if you want to leave one for this gorgeous livery. Also don’t forget to leave feedback of this format if you have any :)

Holy cow! This is amazing!

Time to find a vote! 😊

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Thanks Jack for the praise, I would love to improvise my requests in the future if I have any :D

Thanks Jack for your vote! 😀

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Amazing Request and Format George!

Clearing up a vote for this aircraft! :)

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Thanks alot Pranav for the praise. And thanks alot for the vote aswell 😀

I’m looking forward to see this bird in IF!

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Amazing post as always, George
You have my vote 🙂

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Is it because today is Etihad theme day for IFATC! I’m kidding, you’ve got my vote. :-)

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I wasn’t sure about how much I want this. Now reading this I want it. Great request!

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Thanks alot Sammy (@Sammy_Droubi ), @The_Geniusman , and Jerome (@JeromeJ) for the praise. I’m glad all of you enjoy it 😀

And thanks alot for your votes aswell! Can’t wait to see this livery in Infinite Flight!

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Voted for this beauty 🔥

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Thanks Joe for your support! It’s very meaningful to us! 😀

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Thanks for the praise Giannis! Your vote is very meaningful to us! 😀

The ethiad 789 is a great livery , I saw it at RJGG and I was like wow it looks sharp!

Plus 1 vote!

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Definitely a needed livery as the B787-10 is not that frequent…and to add more realism the variety of planes is important :-)

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I don’t know, do we really need it?😉

-MB

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Amazing post! Great format George.
You have my vote :)

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Got my vote Gorge after the years of this request being up

P.S. I really want this so I took my vote off your A350 request… sorry 😉

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Bumping really love this livery and very well put together 🔥

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You definitely Have Etihad VA’s Vote !

Would love to see this aircraft enter our fleet ❤

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This livery is needed in Infinite Flight. Etihad flies this aircraft to many places around the world, there is a great number of this variant of the 787 flying for Etihad, and it is a beautiful livery.

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