Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has introduced its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner into commercial service, providing capital-to-capital service between Washington, D.C. and Abu Dhabi.

The Boeing 787-9 departed Abu Dhabi at 11:30 a.m yesterday, as flight EY131 to Washington, D.C. The flight arrived at approximately 6:45 p.m. the evening. The return service from Washington, D.C. to Abu Dhabi departs as EY 130 at 10:50 p.m. with a scheduled arrival time of 7:45 p.m. the following evening back in Abu Dhabi.

A welcome ceremony was held at the arrival gate at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) to mark the occasion, attended by Christopher Browne, Vice President and Airport Manager – Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA); Suzanne Alipourian, Area Manager for Americas – Etihad Airways; Abdalla AlRaeesi, Airport Station Manager at IAD – Etihad Airways; Rashed Saif Al Shabi, Vice President of Mid Atlantic – Etihad Airways; and cabin crew members from Etihad Airways.

Etihad Airways revolutionary new B787 interiors feature 8 First Suites, 28 Business Studios and 199 Economy Smart Seats, offering superior levels of comfort, entertainment and in-flight connectivity. On-board décor and lighting has been inspired by contemporary modern Arabian design, complementing the new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ design identity recently introduced by the airline.

Etihad Airways introduced daily non-stop flights between Abu Dhabi and Washington, D.C. in March 2013, creating the first direct air link between the two capitals.