Etihad to fly Boeing 787 to Doha, Moscow

By Chris Chamberlin, August 28 2014

Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will add Doha to its upcoming network of Boeing 787-9 destinations from December 2014, with Moscow to follow in June 2015.

That's set to follow the airline's inaugural Boeing 787 flight in December this year to Dusseldorf, with Washington D.C. and Mumbai the domain of the Dreamliner from January 2015.

Brisbane also joins the ranks from June 1 2015, when Etihad's Abu Dhabi-Singapore-Brisbane flight also drops the Singapore stopover in favour of a direct flight.

"The Boeing 787-9 will be used to launch flights to new destinations, add capacity in existing markets and progressively replace existing, less-efficient aircraft," said James Hogan, President and CEO of Etihad Airways.

When flying from Brisbane to Abu Dhabi or onwards to the likes of Doha, Moscow, Dusseldorf, Washington D.C. and Mumbai, travellers can enjoy the Dreamliner's new first class suites (shown below).

Etihad's new Boeing 787 first class suite
Etihad's new Boeing 787 first class suite

Not quite within your budget? Etihad's Boeing 787 also boasts the impressive new Business Studio business class cabin...

Etihad's Business Studio suites, coming to Brisbane on the Boeing 787-9
Etihad's Business Studio suites, coming to Brisbane on the Boeing 787-9

... and comfortable economy smart seats.

Relax, you're flying in Etihad's new 'smart seat'
Relax, you're flying in Etihad's new 'smart seat'

From December 1 2014, the daily EY391 flight from Abu Dhabi to Doha will switch to the Dreamliner from a smaller A319. Wheels-up in Abu Dhabi at 9:35pm, the hour-long hop reaches Doha also at 9:35pm.

On the return leg as EY398, travellers will push back in Doha at 10:50pm to arrive into Abu Dhabi at 12:50am the next morning.

Etihad's daily EY69 service to Moscow's Domodedovo Airport changes from an A320 to the Boeing 787-9 from June 1 2014, with an 8:45am departure in Abu Dhabi for a 1:05pm arrival into Russia.

Flying back as EY68, it's a 2:15pm take-off to arrive into Abu Dhabi at 8:25pm on the same calendar day.

Here's a sneak peek of what you'll find on board Etihad's Boeing 787 Dreamliner:

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!


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