Etihad Airways and airberlin have announced plans to integrate their Boeing 787 Dreamliner programs, affecting a total of 56 firm aircraft – more Dreamliners than are on order with any other airline – and saving millions of dollars for both carriers.
A combined Etihad Airways-airberlin team, led by Etihad Airways, will oversee the integration program. This will see the two airlines share infrastructure, pool maintenance, develop joint training programs, and streamline purchasing activity for engines, rotables, avionics and inflight entertainment systems, as well as work jointly on product development for the new aircraft type.
The move came just days after Etihad Airways announced it was buying 10 more B787-9 Dreamliners, taking its total order to 41, with 25 options and purchasing rights, making the UAE flag carrier the largest operator of the aircraft type in the world.
airberlin has 15 B787s on order with options and purchase rights on a further 15 aircraft. Delivery will begin in 2015.