The Dreamliner series of aircraft from Boeing is one of the most advanced commercial jets out there. With more usage of composites than ever before, the Dreamliner is one of the most economical, light yet strongest commercial jets out there and obviously there is a lot of interest and excitement around them. While in India, we have already seen Air India receive its first batch of orders, the same cannot be said for all the customers.
One of the largest customers of the Dreamliner is the UAE based, Etihad Airways, which has ordered a total of 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The first of these aircrafts is expected to be delivered towards the end of the year and as a result work on the same is progressing really fast. Boeing and Etihad, this weekend revealed to the world the very first fully painted Etihad owned, Dreamliner. As expected, the fleet has a unique livery or paint and features various facets of desert from Abu Dhabi, giving a feel of the origins of the airliner.
James Hogan, president and CEO, Etihad Airways said,
The U.S. is a strategically important part of our network. As we celebrate the rollout of our first 787 today, we remain focused on bringing Etihad Airways’ world-class hospitality and unparalleled product experience to provide more choice to Americans traveling with us worldwide. We are also very proud to support vital U.S. businesses including Boeing as one of the largest airline customers for the Dreamliner, an aircraft that will play a fundamental role in the future of our growing international network.
While we were really disappointed with Air India for going ahead with the exact same livery on their Dreamliners like any other plane, it is exciting that Etihad has decided to do things differently, the way probably the 787 deserves.
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