VIDEO: What is happening to Etihad's grounded fleet?

Behind-the-scenes video shows how Etihad is using its 'downtime' to overhaul cabin
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Etihad Airways currently has around 80% of its entire fleet grounded, with only a handful of jets being used to operate special repatriation flights and cargo operations.

Some 100 aircraft are parked up after the UAE suspended passenger flights in and out of the country late last month amid the Covid-19 crisis.

But Etihad is using its downtime to make product improvements and maintain aircraft. In fact, it has replaced 10,000 seat covers and its overhauling cabins with a 200-strong team of specialists working shifts.

The airline has released a video showing exactly what is happening behind the scenes on its aircraft.

Gary Byrne, head of technical operations at Etihad, says: “I’ve never seen anything like this before in my aviation career. It’s not like parking a car, we have to keep them [the aircraft] maintained.

“When our aircraft go back into service, for the passenger it will be like getting on to a brand new aircraft.”

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