Etihad Airways to retire its entire Boeing 777 fleet by the end of 2021
Etihad Airways would be phasing out the Boeing 777-300ER by the end of the year as the airline is in the process of ‘fleet simplification’.
Etihad Airways has already retired the Airbus A330 while the Airbus A380 remains grounded. This means Etihad will be left with a wide-body fleet of Boeing 787 and Airbus A350.
“…we took the decision to exit the A330 and to exit, at the end of this year, the 777-300ER.” - Tony Douglas, CEO
Simplifying the fleet under the company restructuring follows as the airline was faced with multiple losses over the last couple of years.
“You will see of us a very focused, a very disciplined operating model which is heavily built around the fleet of the 787 Dreamliner and A350-1000.” - Tony Douglas, CEO
Along with 20 Airbus A350-1000, Etihad has placed an order for the Boeing 777-9 although it is unclear now whether the airline would be taking these deliveries.
Etihad has 19 777-300ER remaining in the fleet.