Etihad Places Bumper Order

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has placed a record airshow order for up to 205 new aircraft, including its first firm commitment for the Airbus A380. The US$43 billion deal with Airbus and Boeing comprises a firm order for 100, options on a further 55 and purchase rights on 50 more, and was finalised after what CEO James Hogan described as “hard but fair and tough, but good natured” discussions.
The agreement with Airbus is for 20 A320s, 25 A350XWBs (powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines) and ten A380s. There are also options for five A320s, ten A350s and five A380s, together with purchase rights for a further 15 A320s, 15 A350s and five A380s.
Etihad will acquire 35 B787s and ten B777-300ERs from the US manufacturer. It also holds options for 25 B787s and ten B777-300ERs plus purchase rights for a further ten B787s and five B777s. The new aircraft will be delivered over a nine-year timescale between 2011 and 2020 to meet Etihad and the Emirate’s ambitious plans to turn Abu Dhabi into major tourist destination and position its principal international airport as a key transfer hub.