Etihad confirms deployment plans for 787-9 and A380

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Etihad Airways has released further details of how it plans to deploy its upcoming Boeing 787-9s and Airbus A380s.

The Abu Dhabi carrier's 787s will initially be operated to Dusseldorf and Doha after service entry in December, followed by Washington DC and Mumbai from 1 January 2015.

Effective 1 June 2015, Brisbane and Moscow will also be served with Dreamliners.

On 27 December, Etihad will debut its A380 service on its route to London Heathrow airport, operated thrice daily. The Gulf carrier intends to upgrade all three return flights to A380s by 1 May 2015.

"The Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 will play a fundamental role in the development of Etihad Airways' network," says chief executive James Hogan.

"On existing high-demand routes such as London and Sydney, the A380 will provide additional seats and meet demand for increased capacity, especially in first and business class.

"The Boeing 787-9 will be used to launch flights to new destinations, add capacity in existing markets and progressively replace existing, less-efficient aircraft."

Etihad has placed firm orders for 10 A380s and 71 787s comprising 41 of the -9 and 30 of the -10.