Onboard Etihad Airways' maiden Airbus A350-1000 service

More than a decade after its initial order, Etihad has finally welcomed the Airbus A350-1000 to its long-haul fleet. Gordon Smith joined chief executive Tony Douglas on board the maiden flight

Etihad Airways
Etihad's first commercial service with the A350-1000 was operated by the 'Sustainable50'. ETIHAD AIRWAYS

On March 31, the departure of Etihad Airways Flight EY37 silenced the cynics and drew a very welcome line in the Arabian sand for the UAE national carrier.

Alongside the vast majority of smooth deliveries and entries into service, every so often there is an order which seems to experience just a little more turbulence. A quick flick through the customer backlog of any major OEM will uncover at least a handful of examples where either the lessor or airline is not quite ready – or able – to induct the new aircraft into commercial operation.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below