Etihad Airways launches Airbus A350

Published : 28 May 2022 09:01 PM

Etihad Airways unveiled the «Sustainability50», the first Airbus A350-1000 in its fleet, on its inaugural flight between Abu Dhabi (AUH) and Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG). The aircraft, registered A6-XWB, is the first of its type to operate for the airline, which will take delivery of another four units this year.

The aircraft wears a unique livery commemorating the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates’ independence. It is also part of the Sustainability50 program, which aims to develop the company’s sustainability actions. In this regard, Etihad aims to «achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions» by 2050.

The initiative, product of a partnership between Etihad, Airbus and Rolls-Royce, the model’s engine manufacturer, began in 2021. The airline’s A350s will be used for testing new procedures and technologies aimed at reducing emissions. Etihad was already working on the Greenliner, a similar program on its Boeing 787 fleet.

The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB used on the A350 is one of the most efficient engines currently available on the market. It consumes 25% less fuel than previous-generation twin-aisle aircraft, with a consequent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition, Etihad established a formal framework with Airbus to collaborate on sustainability actions. They will work in areas such as the promotion and marketing of sustainable aviation fuel, waste and weight management, and the development of data-driven analytics.