According to the airline and sources, Abu Dhabi-owned Etihad Airways is pulling five Boeing 777-200LR passenger jets from its fleet after deciding last year to stop some flights that the aircraft were used on.
An Etihad spokesman mentioned that it was phasing out the long-range jets as part of its fleet renewal process. The airline has about a hundred aircraft on queue to be delivered in the next seven years, mostly wide-body jets.
Five sources stated that the 777-200LRs were deemed surplus following a decision last year to decrease flights to the United States, and will be probably sold.
Etihad stopped flying to San Francisco last October, and will end flights to Dallas Fort Worth next month. It continues to fly to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Washington DC using 777-300s and A380s.
The 777-200LRs had also been used on flights to Brazil’s Sao Paulo, which Etihad stopped flying to in 2017. A source said that Etihad sold all seven of its A340 jets last year and on Jan. 24 Etihad told Reuters that it had ceased using five Airbus cargo planes.
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