Last updated: 01:09 PM ET, Wed March 11 2015

Etihad Puts Dreamliner on Washington D.C. Route

Airlines & Airports | David Cogswell | March 11, 2015

Etihad Puts Dreamliner on Washington D.C. Route

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Beginning March 15, Etihad Airways is using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Washington D.C.

It will be the first time Etihad has used a Dreamliner on a U.S. route, making it the debut of the airline’s latest First, Business and Economy class service.

The Dreamliner has eight First Class Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats. The onboard design draws from Arabian themes.

Passengers on the Abu Dhabi-Washington D.C. route have the advantage of being able to clear U.S. Customs and Immigration in Abu Dhabi at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection unit at Abu Dhabi Airport, allowing them to skip the process upon arrival in Washington.

The Washington-Abu Dhabi flight leaves Washington on an evening departure at 10:50 p.m. The Abu Dhabi-Washington flight departs Abu Dhabi at 11:30 a.m.

According to James Hogan, president and chief executive officer, “As the most technologically advanced aircraft in its class, the Boeing 787 will reduce the operating costs and carbon emissions on our Washington, D.C. route and provide maximum efficiency and reliability. Importantly, we have customized the aircraft with the world’s most innovative and sophisticated First, Business and Economy class cabins, providing our guests with superior levels of comfort and attention to detail not previously enjoyed by the modern air traveler.”

Etihad operates 45 flights a week to and from U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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