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Etihad targets zero net carbon emissions by 2050, in expanded commitment to environmental sustainability

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has committed to a minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by 2050 and halving of its 2019 net emission levels by 2035.

The company’s ambitious environmental targets will be achieved through a mix of internal initiatives, collaboration with industry partners and adoption of a comprehensive program of relevant carbon offsets, to be developed with specific focus on the requirements of the UAE and markets served by the airline.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, said: “The global focus on the environment and the urgency of reducing carbon emissions has never been greater. Etihad Aviation Group, together with its partners, is taking an active role in reducing the impact of aviation on the environment through initiatives ranging from optimised fuel management to sustainable financing practices.”

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) predicts that the number of passenger journeys will more than double within 20 years, from 4.5 billion in 2019 to an estimated 9 billion by the late 2030s.

The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) adds that international aviation will experience compound annual growth of 3.8 per cent to 2050, forecasting that traffic will reach 16.5 billion passenger kilometres, or 3.6 times 2015 volumes.

Recent sustainability initiatives taken by Etihad Aviation Group include:

  • Continued induction of the latest-generation, most fuel-efficient aircraft, including additional Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and plans for three new types – the wide-bodied Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-9, and narrow-bodied Airbus A321neo. The next Dreamliner is due to arrive next week;
  • Commencement of the Etihad Greenliner Programme, in which the airline’s entire fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft will be used during normal scheduled flights as ‘test beds’ for sustainable products and practices;
  • Becoming the first airline to secure commercial funding conditional upon compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. In partnership with First Abu Dhabi Bank and Abu Dhabi Global Markets, Etihad recently secured 150 million Euros to help finance the development of a multi-storey ‘eco residence’ for cabin crew living in Abu Dhabi. The airline is now exploring more opportunities for this style of funding;
  • Commitment to reduce single use plastics by 80 per cent by 2022, and;
  • Partnering in the development of sustainable aviation fuels including biofuel developed and refined in Abu Dhabi from saltwater-tolerant plants, and commitment to support the development of another sustainable jet fuel from municipal waste in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways and easyJet enter into a new partnership

Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines’ networks and opening new and exciting possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE. The collaboration comes into effect immediately.

The partnership follows easyJet’s accelerated and successful roll out programme with world-leading flight comparison search engine, Dohop, which powers the easyJet worldwide website connecting its European network with longhaul flights. For Etihad, this has been achieved using the NDC (New Distribution Capability) platform providing technical capability for new partnerships previously not possible. The partnership with easyJet and Dohop is the UAE national airline’s first use of this technology and Etihad plans to add more airlines and travel partners to their NDC portfolio in 2020.

Customers will for the first time be able to purchase tickets on the easyJet website from 68 cities on the airline’s network in Europe to Abu Dhabi, connecting on to Etihad Airways flights from 10 European gateways in Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Rome, Geneva, Madrid, Manchester, Milan Malpensa, and Zurich. Both airlines plan to expand the partnership to include more destinations in the future.

Etihad Airways and easyJet enter into new partnership

Etihad Airways to increase its seasonal flights to Alexandria and Salalah

Etihad Airways will operate its popular seasonal routes from Abu Dhabi to Alexandria, Egypt, and Salalah, Oman, between June 25 to September 15, 2020. Due to the success of the routes in 2019, the period of operation has been extended by three weeks and a new fifth weekly service introduced on both routes on Fridays, complementing existing departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Both flights will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft.

  • A new fifth weekly service introduced on both routes on Fridays
  • Service extended by three weeks operating between 25 June and 15 September 2020

With the addition of these seasonal destinations, the airline will operate a total of 33 flights per week to Egypt, 28 flights to Cairo and five to Alexandria. The airline will operate a total of 26 flights per week to Oman with 21 weekly flights to Muscat and five to Salalah.

The historical city of Alexandria, the second-largest in Egypt, is known for its rich history and beautiful Mediterranean coastline. Salalah, known for its natural beauty and culture, is popular during summer months for its unique Khareef, or green season.

Timetable: Abu Dhabi – Alexandria, effective 25 June 2020 – 15 September 2020

Flight

Origin

Departs

Destination

Arrives

Frequency

Aircraft

EY 660

Abu Dhabi

13:55

Alexandria

15:40

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Airbus A320

EY 661

Alexandria

16:35

Abu Dhabi

22:25

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Airbus A320

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.

Timetable: Abu Dhabi – Salalah, effective 25 June 2020 – 15 September 2020

Flight

Origin

Departs

Destination

Arrives

Frequency

Aircraft

EY 390

Abu Dhabi

08:15

Salalah

10:00

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Airbus A320

EY 391

Salalah

10:55

Abu Dhabi

12:40

Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Airbus A320

Note: All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.

Etihad Airways aircraft photo gallery:

 

Etihad Airways and Kuwait Airways launch new codeshare partnership

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwaiti flag carrier, Kuwait Airways, have signed a codeshare partnership on selected services on bookings effective December 22, 2019, for travel from January 5, 2020.

  • Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on 3 Kuwait Airways routes to Kuwait, Iraq and Bangladesh
  • Kuwait Airways will place its ‘KU’ code on Etihad routes from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi and onwards to 9 destinations in Europe, Africa, Seychelles, and Maldives

Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad will place its ‘EY’ code on Kuwait Airways operated flights from Abu Dhabi to Kuwait, Najaf and Dhaka.

In turn, Kuwait Airways will place its ‘KU’ code on Etihad flights from Kuwait to Abu Dhabi, Belgrade, Casablanca, Rabat, Khartoum, Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, Male in the Maldives, and Mahe in the Seychelles.

Etihad Airways currently operates five return daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Kuwait, and Kuwait Airways serves Abu Dhabi with a daily service.

In other news, Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch new seasonal flights to Malaga in Spain, to meet strong customer demand from across the UAE and GCC for flights to the popular gateway to the province of Andalucía. 

  • Three weekly seasonal flights to meet summer demand
  • Operated by three-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner featuring 8 private First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 190 Economy Smart Seats
  • Third Etihad gateway in Spain

Three weekly flights will operate via the Moroccan capital, Rabat, from June 26 to September 13, 2020.

Abu Dhabi – Malagaschedule effective June 26 – September 13, 2019 (all timings are local):

Flight No.

Origin

Departs

Destination

Arrives

Aircraft

Frequency

EY615

Abu Dhabi

09:40

Rabat

14:50

Boeing 787-9

Wed, Fri, Sun

EY615

Rabat

16:10

Malaga

18:20

Boeing 787-9

Wed, Fri, Sun

EY616

Malaga

19:40

Rabat

19:45

Boeing 787-9

Wed, Fri, Sun

EY616

Rabat

21:05

Abu Dhabi

07:25+1

Boeing 787-9

 

Boeing to use a Etihad 787 “Greenliner” as a flying laboratory

Boeing and Etihad Airways have announced that one of the airline’s 787 Dreamliner airplanes will serve as a flying laboratory for testing procedures and initiatives that could further reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions, as a part of a growing partnership to advance the sustainable growth of aviation.

The specially-themed 787 will enter service early next year and operate regular flights in Etihad Airways’ network, while periodically serving as a test bed for assessing environmental sustainability initiatives. The project builds on Etihad’s ample experience with the super-efficient airplane.

Beyond the environmental testing on the airplane, the two companies will build on the technical capabilities that Etihad Airways has developed while maintaining its own Dreamliner fleet and that of other operators. As part of the strategic partnership, the companies are discussing several areas where they can work together to improve operational efficiency.

Boeing and Etihad Airways also announced that Boeing will provide multiple services for the airline’s Dreamliner fleet, including the Component Services Program, Landing Gear Exchange, and High-Value Components Exchange, programs that help an airline simplify asset and maintenance management, reduce spare parts costs while improving parts availability. The agreements also include a customized material parts package and three Quick Engine Change (QEC) kits that enable Etihad to quickly return an airplane to service if an engine needs to be repaired or replaced.

Etihad Airways made this announcement on social media:

Say hello to our brand new 787 Greenliner!

In partnership with Boeing, this one-of-a-kind aircraft will be used to test technology, products, and initiatives designed to help reduce carbon emissions and build a future of sustainable air travel.

The Greenliner takes to the skies in early 2020.

Image: Etihad Airways.

 

Etihad Engineering unveils 3D printing lab for aircraft parts

Etihad Engineering, the industry-leading Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) division of Etihad Aviation Group, has collaborated with EOS and BigRep, both leading 3D printing technology providers, to open the region’s first additive manufacturing facility with Design and Production Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Top Photo: The official opening of Etihad Engineering’s 3D printing lab was attended by H.E. Ernst Peter Fischer, German Ambassador to the UAE and representatives from Etihad Engineering, EOS and Big Rep. (L to R) Bernhard Randerath, VP Design, Engineering & Innovation, Etihad Engineering, Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Engineering, Markus Glasser, Senior VP EOS, H.E. Ernst Peter Fischer, German Ambassador to the UAE, Marie Langer, Chief Executive Officer, EOS, Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, Martin Black, Chief Executive Officer, BigRep.

The laboratory, located at the Etihad Engineering facility adjacent to Abu Dhabi International Airport, features two approved industrial 3D printers. The laboratory’s primary machine is the powder-bed fusion technology system EOS P 396, for demanding high performance and high-quality aircraft applications. In contrast to traditional manufacturing processes, it enables faster production and reduced weight of cabin parts.

Above Photo: The Etihad Engineering 3D printing lab is the Middle East’s first additive manufacturing facility with Design and Production Approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

As an MRO solutions provider committed to continuously enhancing the service value it offers to the market and its customers, this month, Etihad Engineering, together with its partner EOS, received one of the first Airline MRO approvals from EASA for 3D printing using powder-bed fusion technology which will be used to design, produce and certify additively manufactured parts for the aircraft cabin of the future.

Above Copyright Photo: Etihad Engineering engineers at work using the pioneering EOS Additive Manufacturing 3D Printer which is now located at Etihad Engineering’s facility located in Abu Dhabi.

The newest system installed by EOS produces serial parts from polymer materials such as PA 2241 FR, and enables the manufacture of cabin parts for an aircraft’s heavy maintenance C-Check. Cabin defects can also be rectified within a short turnaround time which allows for the production of the required cabin parts during line maintenance.

The EOS machine operates with a total build volume of 340 x 340 x 600mm. The modular and highly productive system enables tool-free manufacture of serial components, spare parts, functional prototypes and models directly from CAD data.

The second machine is the BigRep ONE, one of the largest, serial-built industrial thermoplastic extrusion 3D printers. Bringing additive manufacturing to MRO, the ONE is designed for manufacturing large parts, jigs and fixtures as well as moulds – on site and on demand.

The facility was officially opened in a ceremony attended by His Excellency Ernst Peter Fischer, German Ambassador to the UAE in recognition of the relationship between the German companies EOS and BigRep and the UAE’s Etihad Engineering.

Etihad Engineering first received EASA approval to 3D print with filament technology in 2017 and was the first airline MRO in the world to certify, print and fly 3D printed cabin parts. The latest approval, received in October 2019 covers powder bed fusion 3D printing technology.

Etihad Engineering is recognised as a global leader in aircraft maintenance with a customer base spanning leading airlines and OEMs from South America to Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

All photos by Etihad Engineering.

Etihad Airways to upgrade flights between Abu Dhabi and Beirut to Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLG (msn 39652) (Special Olympics Abu Dhabi World Games 2019) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 947832.

Etihad Airways will increase capacity between Abu Dhabi and Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, by upgrading the current daily Airbus A321 service to a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from October 27, 2019.

The step up from narrowbody to widebody aircraft follows the announcement by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the immediate removal of a travel ban to Lebanon for UAE citizens. Lifting this restriction, imposed in February 2016, is expected to spur a significant increase in demand for travel between the two capitals.

Flight EY 535 will depart Abu Dhabi at 9:50am daily, arriving in Beirut at 12:30pm, with the return flight EY 538 leaving Beirut at 2:00pm and arriving back in Abu Dhabi at 7:35pm.  Etihad will operate the upgraded flights with two-class Boeing 787-9s, the newest aircraft type in the airline’s fleet. These jets are configured to seat 299 passengers in a mix of 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats, and feature product including the acclaimed E-Box entertainment system. The 787s will also provide a significant increase in cargo capacity.

Top Copyright Photo: Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner A6-BLG (msn 39652) (Special Olympics Abu Dhabi World Games 2019) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 947832.

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