Etihad Airways to expand fleet

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Etihad Airways

Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways are set to capitalise on the soaring costs of oil by purchasing a host of Boeing jets.

In a deal worth approximately £4.5 billion, the carrier has placed an order to buy 35 mid-sized Boeing Dreamliner jets alongside ten mid-sized Boeing 777s.

With the cost of oil showing no slowdown, the oil-rich United Arab Emirates and other members of OPEC (the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) have become the prominent financial beneficiaries. As a consequence, the national airlines of said nations find themselves in a position to enjoy rapid expansion, with the Etihad Airways deal a prime example.

The new planes ordered by Etihad are not set for delivery until 2011. Representatives at the Farnborough airshow, meanwhile, announced that the entire expansion of Etihad's fleet is proposed to include the purchase of up to 100 aircraft.

Etihad Airways currently offers direct flights from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi. For those looking to relax before their flight, an overnight stay at the 3-star Heathrow Master Robert will be ideal.

Located approximately three-and-a-half miles from the airport, staying at the hotel will eliminate any last minute rushes to the airport, as well as provide the opportunity to enjoy a good night's sleep before your flight.

Room at the Heathrow Master Robert with up to eight days holiday parking.

Please note: Prices are subject to change. Book the Heathrow Master Robert in advance to get the best price and availability.