Friday, January 25, 2013

PHOTOS: Washington wowed by Etihad’s first ever ‘on-board showcase’

Wow, we’ve already reached the end of January, which means there’s only two months until the launch of Etihad Airways flights to Washington, DC (31st March 2013)!

As the countdown continues, Etihad hosted its first ever ‘on-board showcase’ in Washington, DC today. What does that involve? Here's a quick explanation, but don't miss the photos at the bottom!

Basically, our brand new B777 aircraft completed its maiden voyage from the Boeing Everett factory this week, stopping at Dulles International Airport. A range of diplomatic, business and government officials were welcomed on-board to savour the ‘Etihad experience’ for themselves, before the new route is operational.

More than 25 cabin crew were on hand to escort guests around the beautifully designed aircraft interior, with seats by Sogerma, BE Aerospace and Weber, and bespoke features highlighting collaborations with Poltrona Frau, Ettore Billotta, and Panasonic.

“This route is vital to supporting our ongoing growth in the US and the increasing ties between the US and the United Arab Emirates,” commented Daniel Barranger, +Etihad Airways Vice President Global Sales.

“This region is home to America’s second largest market for travel to the Middle East, with significant demand for premium services. I believe our award winning services will provide greater choice for both business and leisure travellers when we arrive in March.”

Below are a few photos from the event for your viewing pleasure (photo credit: J. David Buerk). Remember to keep up-to-date with this blog by joining me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ -see you there!

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Caption: Etihad Airways today opened the doors on one of its brand new aircraft for the airline’s first-ever ‘on-board showcase’ in Washington. The airline will launch daily flights to Dulles International Airport on March 31.
Caption: Guests experienced Etihad Airways’ award-winning Diamond First Class Suite, guided by the airline’s own inflight chefs, who will offer five star service on every flight in and out of Washington, D.C.

Caption: Cabin crew Rosalind Hester, a native of North Carolina, demonstrated the features of the Pearl Business Class cabin. Rosalind has been working with Etihad Airways for four years, based in Abu Dhabi, the airline’s hub.


  1. Congrats EY!!! IAD Is an amazing destination. BTW, I recently flew with CC Rosalind as part of my crew, good job girl!!

  2. Thanks Joseph - I cannot wait to fly there myself! And great to hear positive feedback about CC, I will pass that on...

  3. Robeel, CONGRATS to you & Etihad! Best Regards.

  4. Thanks for the article but we need more and more photos please


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