Etihad launches more fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Airline's “Greenliner” will depart on its first route from Abu Dhabi to Brussels next year.
Monday 18/11/2019
Etihad COO Mohammad Al-Bulooki, Etihad CEO Tony Douglas, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president, CEO Stanley A. Deal pose for a photo in front of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner model during the Dubai Air Show in Dubai, UAE, November 18, 2019. (Reuters)
Etihad COO Mohammad Al-Bulooki, Etihad CEO Tony Douglas, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president, CEO Stanley A. Deal pose for a photo in front of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner model during the Dubai Air Show in Dubai, UAE, November 18, 2019. (Reuters)

Abu Dhabi’s flagship carrier Etihad has partnered with Boeing to launch what they say will be one of the world’s most fuel-efficient long haul airplanes as the company seeks to save costs on fuel and position itself as a more environmentally-conscious choice for travelers.

Etihad’s “Greenliner” is a 787 Dreamliner that will depart on its first route from Abu Dhabi to Brussels next year. Etihad’s CEO Tony Douglas described the aircraft as a flying laboratory for testing that could benefit the entire industry.

As fuel costs eat up a quarter of airline spending, Douglas said Monday the goal of the Greenliner is to be 20% more fuel efficient than other aircraft in Etihad’s fleet.

Aviation accounts for a small but rapidly growing share of greenhouse-gas emissions — about 2.5% worldwide.

(AP)