Tony Douglas, Etihad CEO at CDG (Photo; LC) The

Airbus A350-1000 is the latest model to be integrated into the national airline of Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways

. An aircraft that, according to the CEO of the company, Tony Douglas, CEO of the Etihad Group, opens the doors of the future to the carrier.

“This is a new stage in our development, one where this aircraft will enable us to achieve carbon neutrality even faster by significantly reducing our CO2 emissions. In the airline industry, we have set ourselves the objective of reducing our emissions by 50% by 2035 and reaching this famous carbon neutrality in 2050. It’s a challenge, but we are creating the conditions to achieve this promise,” said Etihad’s CEO

. Business cabin on Etihad’s A350-1000 (Photo: LC)

Etihad’s ultimate aircraft will not be for Paris

The aircraft consumes 25% less fuel and reduces CO2 emissions by 25% compared to previous generations of aircraft. The aircraft’s noise emissions are also 50% lower than older models. Tony Douglas confirmed that Etihad has ordered 12 A350-1000 aircraft with an option for an additional eight.

Asked which routes the A350-1000 could serve, Douglas said that, unfortunately, the Paris stopover is unlikely to see the brand new aircraft on a scheduled flight. “We now react very flexibly in the rotation of aircraft, based in particular on the profitability of routes with this or that aircraft. While there is no absolute certainty about A350-1000 services, I can say that the aircraft is expected to serve the United States. Probably New York and Chicago. But also India and probably Australia,” said Tony Douglas.

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On board, passengers will enjoy a new business class: 44 seats, with a configuration that seems very dense. But a private space offering nevertheless a great comfort with a staggered layout, a sleeper seat of more than two meters and an insulation wall. If there is no Eco Premium Class, a few rows in the front of the eco cabin offer a slightly larger space…