Etihad Airways announced it ordered 10 more Boeing 787-9s and two 777Fs for its Etihad Crystal Cargo operation. The extra Dreamliners mean Etihad Airways will now take delivery of 41 787-9s between late 2014 and 2019, making it the world's largest operator of the type. The airline also has options and purchase rights on 25 more 787s. The 787-9 will be initially used on services to destinations including Dublin, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Nagoya, Delhi and Istanbul. The two extra 777 Freighters mean Etihad Airways will have a fleet of 21 777s (18 passenger aircraft and three freighters). [more - original PR]
Etihad Airways to become world’s largest Boeing 787-9 operator
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