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Monday, December 12, 2011

Etihad Airways Orders 10 787-9s

Boeing and Etihad Airways announced an order for 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777 Freighters. Valued at a combined $2.8 billion at current list prices, this order will make Etihad the world's largest airline customer of the 787-9.

Etihad has a total of 41 787s on order. The order also increases Etihad's current Boeing 777 backlog to 12 airplanes, which includes 10 previously ordered 777-300ERs (extended range). The Abu Dhabi-based airline's fleet currently includes eight Boeing 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter. 

"Our decision to expand our Dreamliner fleet is testimony to Etihad's commitment to operating one of the youngest and most fuel efficient fleets in the skies," said Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, Mr. James Hogan. "It also reflects our confidence in the 787's ability to have a significant impact on our operating efficiencies and the passenger experience we can offer onboard this revolutionary aircraft. Both the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the 777 Freighter offer highly attractive operating economics and will facilitate our global expansion plans by allowing us to transport passengers and cargo into new global markets from our hub in Abu Dhabi."

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