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LONDON – UAE national carrier Etihad had announced today an upgrade to its Abu Dhabi-Seoul Incheon service to its flagship, the Airbus A380 starting on July 1 this year.

The new product offering will see the South Korean capital join the ever-growing list of daily A380 service destinations operated by Etihad.

The new route will be the carrier’s fifth destination on daily A380 rotation with the carrier currently operating the plane to London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, New York-JFK, and Sydney.

“Since launching our services to Seoul Incheon in December 2010, the route has proved tremendously successful and we have welcomed over 1.2 million guests on our flights to and from Korea since then,” said Robin Kamark, Etihad’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“This reinforces the strong ties between our two countries, and the importance Etihad continues to place on the Korean market,” he added.

The aircraft, which is configured to carry 486 passengers, will provide passengers with “new inflight experiences” with the carrier’s award-winning Residence, a luxurious three-room cabin which the carrier says can accommodate up to two guests in complete privacy, and nine private first class apartments.

The plane will also be played out with 70 business and 405 Economy smart seats, this includes up to 80 economy space seats with a seat pitch of 36 inches when fully locked.

The carrier says that there is an estimaterd 200,000 Korean tourists who visit Abu Dhabi each year.

This number is surely set to rise and we may even see new additional routes added to destinations such as Russia and China whos tourism numbers continue to grow each year in the UAE ever since the three countries agreed to reduce the requirements on visas to enter the country.