UAE's Etihad to buy 5 Boeing 777-200 from Air India -statement

Reuters

DUBAI, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways will buyfive Boeing 777-200 aircraft from Air India, the UnitedArab Emirates' carrier said in a statement on Wednesday.

The two airlines signed a letter of intent this week and thelong-range planes will be delivered from early 2014, subject toapprovals. Etihad will use these on its new route between AbuDhabi and Los Angeles, announced yesterday, which starts in Junenext year.

Etihad Airways' fleet will reach 87 aircraft by year end,with 14 new deliveries from aircraft manufacturers during 2013,the statement said.

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