Etihad Airways today announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route, starting 1st July.
Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long-haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. With the 496-seat aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways will offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi home base.
It will also support the strong connecting traffic to and from many cities across Asia and Australia from Abu Dhabi, including Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
Commenting on the announcement, Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said, "We believe that our customers travelling to and from Paris will really enjoy what we see as unparalleled comfort and services on board our A380.
Flying our flagship aircraft to France helps fulfil growing demand and offers greater travel experiences for the flying public.
"Paris is one of our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment of this upgraded service will provide benefits to travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and our popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia."
Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats: up to two in ‘The Residence’, nine in first class, 70 in business class and 415 in economy.