Cape Town - Etihad Airways' state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Johannesburg at the start of November this year after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi.
Flight EY604 arrived in Joburg, ushering in a range of in-flight services we're super excited about. The airline's next-generation cabins, highly acclaimed interiors featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats as well as Etihad's iconic Flying Nannies is now available on these SA-bound flights.
The touchdown of the Dreamliner also launched a daily-operated flight on the route.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways CEO, says the decision to upgrade to the Dreamliner aircraft on the Johannesburg route is to meet the needs of growing numbers of business and leisure passengers travelling to and from South Africa.
Johannesburg is the ninth city to be served by Etihad Airways’ B787-9 Dreamliner. The aircraft is also deployed to Brisbane, Düsseldorf, Perth, Riyadh, Shanghai, Singapore, Washington DC and Zurich.
SEE: Etihad boosts Joburg flights
Etihad Airways’ order for two variants of the B787 (-9 and -10), is one of the world’s largest for the type, totalling 71 aircraft.
Flight schedule for Abu Dhabi – Johannesburg looks as follows:
Why we love it?
The Business Studios all offer fully flat beds of up to 2-metres-long. They're also equipped with in-seat massage and pneumatic cushion control systems which enable guests to adjust the firmness and comfort of their seats.
The airline’s renowned Flying Nannies are operational on the route. The Flying Nannies are trained to provide assistance to families on board.
SEE: In-flight nannies make flying with children less daunting
Etihad Airways also offers travellers from Africa the convenience of US Customs and Border Protection at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This facility, exclusive to Etihad Airways in the Gulf region, means that guests able to complete immigration, customs and security clearance procedures for the USA while in transit at Abu Dhabi – avoiding lengthy queues upon arrival at US airports.
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