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
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.