Etihad Airways‘ new Airbus A350-1000 – the Sustainability50 – has made special inaugural commercial flight from Abu Dhabi to Paris. Developed in partnership with Airbus and Rolls Royce, the aircraft demonstrates the UAE airline’s commitment to reducing the impact of aviation on emissions. It is the first A350 to be operated by Etihad, and the first of five A350s set to join the airline’s fleet over the coming months. A delegation including diplomatic dignitaries, Etihad and Airbus representatives, media, trade partners, and other VIPs had an opportunity to enjoy the very first flight.
The Sustainability50 is dressed in a unique livery that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the federation of the UAE and Etihad’s commitment to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered Airbus A350 is one of the most efficient aircraft types in the world, with 25% less fuel burn and CO2 emissions than previous-generation twin-aisle aircraft.
The new A350 will be put into service on routes to Chicago and New York in July and offers up a luxury business class experience and Etihad’s renowned customer service and experience.
Paying homage to Abu Dhabi, the cabin interior features thoughtful design details offering passengers exceptional comfort and enhanced privacy. For instance, Etihad’s signature lighting design is inspired by the shadows cast by Abu Dhabi’s palm trees. The Airbus A350 also offers the quietest cabin experience for a wide-body aircraft. The new dark-mode interface on the E-BOX inflight entertainment system helps reduce light pollution, and therefore jetlag. Mobile and Wi-Fi connectivity is also available throughout the aircraft.
Younger passengers will enjoy the newly launched Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi themed family-friendly flying experience, as well as the new interactive flight map feature.
The elevated Business class features 44 Business Studios with sliding doors. Every 20” wide seat faces forward with direct aisle access and can be converted into a fully-flat bed of 79″ in length. To enjoy Etihad’s extensive inflight entertainment offering, passengers will have noise-cancelling headphones and an 18.5″ TV screen. Furthermore, Business class guests can choose from a carefully curated à la carte menu, and guests on longer flights can enjoy Etihad’s signature ‘dine anytime’ service.
Etihad’s spacious Economy cabin is configured with 327 smart seats in a 3-3-3 arrangement, of which 45 ‘Economy Space’ seats have been enhanced with an additional 4 inches of legroom. The Crystal Cabin Award-winning seats feature Etihad’s signature supportive headrest, USB charging and Bluetooth headphone pairing, as well as a 13.3″ inch screen to enjoy Etihad’s award-winning inflight entertainment system. Economy class guests will enjoy complimentary dining and beverages served by Etihad’s award-winning cabin crew.
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