Computer rendering of 787-9 and 777F in Etihad livery. Courtesy, Boeing.

Etihad Airways (EY) has ordered 10 Boeing 787-9s, making it the largest Dreamliner airline customer. Abu Dhabi-based EY also committed to two 777 freighters.

Deliveries of the 787s are scheduled for between late 2014 and 2019. It will initially use the aircraft on routes to Dublin, Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Nagoya, Delhi and Istanbul.

The 12 additional aircraft (including the 777Fs) are valued at $2.8 billion at list prices and lifts EY’s firm orders for 787s to 41 and 777s to 12. The airline's fleet currently includes eight 777-300ERs and one 777F.

 “Our decision to expand our Dreamliner fleet is testimony to Etihad's commitment to operating one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient fleets in the skies,” said CEO James Hogan. "It also reflects our confidence in the 787's ability to have a significant impact on our operating efficiencies and the passenger experience we can offer onboard this revolutionary aircraft.”

EY placed an initial order for 35 firm Dreamliners with options and purchase rights for a further 25 at the Farnborough Airshow in 2008 as a part of a deal for up to 205 widebody and narrowbody aircraft.  Earlier this year, it swapped four firm 787s due for delivery in 2019 for three 777s (ATW Daily News, March 14).