Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is all set to introduce its first ‘all economy’ class aircraft into its fleet in October. The 2 Airbus A320s will be configured to carry 162 Economy Class passengers, an increase of 42 from the current economy capacity.
Initially, the all economy cabin aircraft will fly to Etihad’s short-haul destinations like Alexandria, Calicut, Colombo, Damascus, Doha and Thiruvananthapuram.
Plans have also been chalked out to expand the all economy fleet to 10 A320 aircraft.
James Hogan, Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Airways said, “Etihad Airways has grown at a remarkable pace during the past six and a half years. We have built a strong brand and robust business, and it is the right time to challenge the way we serve our various markets and segments. Our all economy aircraft will allow us to offer a more competitive product in key point-to-point markets in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the Indian subcontinent, while maintaining the high standards of service we have become known for.”Etihad that serves 61 destinations currently has 15 A320 aircraft within its fleet and 35 aircraft are on order from Airbus.