Etihad puts a 787 Dreamliner on Riyadh route

Etihad is expanding capacity on its twice-daily route to Riyadh from Abu Dhabi by using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for one of the flights.

The change from the single-aisle Airbus A321 will bring the carrier’s capacity on the route to more than 8,700 seats a week.

The larger plane, which will fly to and from the Saudi Arabian capital in the afternoon and evening, is to have 28 seats in business class and 271 in economy. The change will take place starting October 30.

Kevin Knight, Etihad’s chief strategy and planning officer, said: “The Boeing 787 is playing a key role in Etihad Airways‚ fleet expansion with routes carefully selected on which to deploy this unique aircraft. We are delighted that Riyadh will soon join our 787 cities giving guests a different experience to and from Abu Dhabi, and with convenient connections to destinations across our diverse worldwide network.”

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