One of most notable so far has been from Etihad Airways, which has committed to over 140 new aircraft, along with a number of options. Orders come from both Airbus and Boeing.
From Airbus, Etihad has ordered 40 A350-900s, ten A350-1000s, one A330-200F, 26 A321neo’s and 10 A320neo’s.
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said, “Ten years ago this month, we celebrated our inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi using an Airbus A330. As one of the first airlines set to receive the much-awaited Airbus A350-1000, we look forward to benefiting from its operational efficiencies and cost savings.”
From Boeing, the airline will take 30 787-10 Dreamliners and 25 777X. This is notable in that the 787 has now surpassed 1,000 orders, and the 777X will now officially launch due to this (and other) orders.
“Our ongoing investment in the 787 is well-founded and is apparent by the record time in which the Dreamliner family received its 1,000th order,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “We are truly grateful for the continued confidence that our customers have placed in the 787 and together, we are excited about growing the product line and expanding our presence with this family of airplanes.”
Etihad now has 71 787 Dreamliners on order and is the world’s largest airline customer for the airplane.