Syncing 787sBy IAG | March 16th, 2012 | Posted in Aviation News | No Comments
Etihad and airBerlin announced plans to integrate their 787 programs. The two airlines currently have a combined 56 firm orders. This is more 787s than are on order with any other airlines.
A combined Etihad-airBerlin team will oversee the integration program. The airlines will 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. Etihad's CEO, James Hogan, said: “This program is the first of a range of initiatives that will bring significant cost synergies and savings for both airlines. It is an ideal solution for reducing the costs associated with the introduction of a new aircraft type, and an excellent example of the value of our partnership, enabling Etihad Airways and airberlin to achieve economies of scale and avoid duplication in areas like design and certification. It makes both operational and commercial sense to work together on common fleet issues and we expect the synergies we achieve through this integration to result in significant efficiency benefits for both airlines. We will also be able to deliver a level of commonality across our B787 fleets in relation to on board cabin specifications, which will provide passengers with a consistent product experience when they travel across the airlines’ extensive networks.”
Etihad took a large stake in airBerlin days after it announced it was buying 10 more 787-9s, taking its total order to 41, with 25 options and purchase rights. airBerlin has 15 787s on order with options and purchase rights on a further 15 aircraft. Delivery should start in 2015.