Etihad Airways has
announced that from October 2010 they will introduce all economy services
operated by two Airbus A320 aircraft.
The new all economy
flights will be operated to destinations where there is less demand for premium
classes such as Alexandria, Calicut, Colombo, Damascus, Doha and
The full media release
from Etihad Airways can be read below:
ETIHAD TO LAUNCH ‘ALL
ECONOMY’ SERVICE IN OCTOBER
Etihad Airways, the Abu
Dhabi-based national airline of the UAE, will introduce its first ‘all economy’
class aircraft into its fleet in October 2010. The two Airbus A320s will be
configured to carry 162 economy class passengers, an increase of 42 from the
current economy capacity.
The all economy cabin
aircraft will operate to short haul Etihad destinations, which have high demand
for economy traffic and low demand for premium traffic. Initially these will be
Alexandria, Calicut, Colombo, Damascus, Doha and Thiruvananthapuram.
Plans are in place to
expand the all economy fleet to 10 A320 aircraft which will enable the airline
to launch new short haul destinations which have low demand for premium travel
and also to existing Etihad destinations.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive
Officer, said: “Etihad has grown at a remarkable pace during the past six and a
half years. We have built a strong brand and a robust business, and it is the
right time to challenge the way we serve our various markets and segments.
“Our all economy aircraft will allow us to offer a
more competitive product in key point-to-point markets in Asia, the Middle
East, North Africa and the Indian Subcontinent, while maintaining the high
standards of service we have become known for.”
Customers travelling on the new ‘all economy’
aircraft will receive the same world class service and product that is featured
on our current narrow body fleet, such as seat back in-flight entertainment
screens and hot and cold meals and beverages. Each seat has a 32 inch pitch.
Etihad currently has 15 A320 aircraft within its
fleet and 35 aircraft are on order from Airbus.