MIAMI — Etihad Airways announced today the year-round deployment of its Airbus A380s on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route that was schedueled for this summer as part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet plan.
The twice daily service to begin on July 1, will replace one of the two Boeing 777-300ER services to Charles de Gaulle Airport with the A380, and it will feature the carrier’s acclaimed The Residence first class product, the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner.
The departure time from Abu Dhabi will be at 2:15 a.m. arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 7:50 a.m. The return flight takes off from Paris at 10:40 a.m. and arrives to Abu Dhabi at 7:30 p.m., all in local times.
With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, according to Etihad, the carrier will now be able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via its Abu Dhabi hub. The carrier said the additional capacity will enable it to cope with the demand during the peak summer season.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said: “Flying our flagship product to France with additional seat capacity helps fulfill growing demand and meet our guests’ expectations for an even greater travel experience with unmatched luxury, comfort, and service.”
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.
Paris joins London, New York, and Melbourne as the carrier’s A380 destinations; Sydney’s route will also be served starting in late October. Mumbai used to be an Etihad’s A380 destination, but the aircraft was retired from the route after low demand for premium service in the market.
Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two guests in The Residence, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart Seats.
Just as Baumgartner conclude, “Paris is one of our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment of this upgraded service will benefit travelers to and from Abu Dhabi and our popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia.”