Etihad Airways has introduced its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on the route to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport.
The new twin-aisle aircraft will now operate daily flights between Abu Dhabi and the South Korean capital, replacing the Airbus A340-600 aircraft that previously served the route.
The 787 comes equipped with 299 seats in two cabins – 28 in business class and 271 in economy. This is a slight reduction compared to the 316-seat A340 aircraft, but the new Dreamliner offers Etihad’s newest in-flight products and services. Etihad is gradually retiring its aging fleet of A340s.
“Seoul has been a very successful and popular route for Etihad Airways since it was launched in December 2010 and we are fast approaching our one millionth traveller milestone on the service,” said Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad’s executive vice president of commercial. “The addition of more 787 Dreamliners into our fleet has allowed us to upgrade the Seoul service.”
This deployment comes just weeks after Etihad started flying its 787-9 Dreamliner to Beijing.
Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines is increasing the frequency of its Kuala Lumpur-Seoul service. From 25 November 2017, the airline will add three more weekly flights on the route, taking the total frequency to 10 flights per week.