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Etihad’s A350-1000 finally enters service

The cabin features 44 forward-facing suites with sliding privacy doors, as well as a 79-inch bed, 18.5-inch IFE screen with Bluetooth headset pairing, wireless charging capabilities, and table dining table “with book holder and integrated helmet hook” .

Readers can take a virtual tour of the Business Class cabin here.

Economy seats meanwhile feature 13-inch IFE screens – again with Bluetooth headset pairing, as well as integrated headphone and charging ports, and personal device support – a virtual tour of this cabin can be seen here.

There are a total of 327 economy class seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, of which 45 are allocated as Economy Space seats and four extra inches of legroom.

Commenting on the news, Tony Douglas, group chief executive, said:

“The Airbus A350 is an absolutely incredible aircraft, and we are proud to introduce it to the Etihad Airways network today. Our teams have worked closely together to craft a product and travel proposition that will ensure that every trip with Etihad is a choice made well, both for our customers and for the planet.

With highly efficient fuel burn and CO2 savings, the A350 will support our carbon reduction goals and deliver an unparalleled flight experience for our customers.

The introduction of Etihad’s A350s comes amid the ongoing battle between Gulf compatriot Qatar Airways and Airbus over its A350 surface degradation, which has seen the airline ground its A350-900 fleet and of A350-1000.

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