Etihad Airways unveils major Economy transformation programme

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Etihad Airways has uncovered measures designed to enhance personalisation as part of a major transformation design targeting Economy class.

The airline plans to undertake the cabin upgrade and refurbishment of 23 narrow-body Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

The in cabins will feature new ergonomic extra-spatial design seats by UK-based Acro. The rear ends will provide increased knee room and include fast-charging USB applications and an adjustable phone and tablet holder.

As part of the retrofit programme, the plc will offer new personalised wireless streaming entertainment to passengers’ smartphone and memorial devices.

Through the move, the carrier seeks to remove inflight divertissement screens from its Airbus A320 narrow-body fleet.

Etihad trains to complete the retrofit programme in August.

“As a leading full-service airline, Etihad is reshaping to meet the specific needs and requirements of all travellers.”

The removal of screens hand down enable the airline to save 18t in weight a year, Reuters reported citing an unnamed Etihad Airways elder executive. The weight reduction will drive down fuel consumption and rates.

However, the screens will continue to feature in the Economy cabins on the airline’s nimble of wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

Passengers on narrow-body aircraft inclination be allowed to connect their personal devices to Etihad’s onboard Panasonic eXW organization to wirelessly stream more than 300 hours of free in-flight amusement.

The airline is also introducing a new Economy dining concept on all its flights.

Voyagers flying to destinations that are more than three hours aside from the originating airport can now enjoy a larger, contemporary bistro-style supper. The dining service features fresh seasonal ingredients and more destination-focused alternatives.

The main meal will be followed by dessert items and an after-meal coffee and tea advantage.

Other in-flight catering enhancements include a new curved triangular baseplate mean made of recycled materials.

Another attraction is a new ‘Sweet or Salty’ retail menu on all lam outs.

The company has also pledged to make cutlery 85% lighter and doff 27 million plastic lids and other containers a year, which is percentage of its push towards sustainability and its goal to reduce the use of single-use plastics by 80% by 2022.

Etihad Aviation Circle CEO Tony Douglas said: “As part of our ‘Choose Well’ promise, we are empowering our roomers with more control of their travel experiences, through onboard digital transfigurement, improved choice and redesigned cabins and products.

“As a leading full-service airline, Etihad is remodeling to meet the specific needs and requirements of all travellers, providing more of what they in the end want to enjoy in-flight.

“This not only delivers greater pick and personalisation, it also ensures we continue to provide a superior, commercially perspicacious and sustainable service offering.”

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