It seems now that Etihad Airways has taken the delivery of its first Airbus A330-300. This aircraft is configured with the airline’s new first, business and economy cabin products. This aircraft is the first of five new A330-300s the Abu Dhabi-based airline will take delivery of during the next two years. The plane itself will soon be deployed between Abu Dhabi and London. The new plane carries 12 passengers in first class, 40 in business class and 151 economy class passengers.
The chief executive of Etihad Airways, James Hogan, said that the delivery of a new aircraft is a great moment for an airline. However, the delivery of the A330-300 is special for Etihad, because it is the first time their customers can experience their new products in all three cabins. He went on to say that Etihad has always focused on the details that customers look for. They believe that there is no other airline flying today that can provide the same high level of luxury across all three cabins that they do. Their first class cabin suite has been a huge success since its launch earlier in the year.
Etihad has two A340-600 aircrafts configured with the new first class suite, and the airline will retrofit nine A340s that are currently in service by the end of December 2010. The first class cabin contains 12 individual suites, which offer more privacy, greater comfort and increased storage. Each of the seats actually extends to a fully flat bed that is 80.5 inches in length, and each private suite is accessed by its own sliding door.