Etihad Airways announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route.
The superjumbo will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE’s capital city to the capital of France.
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.
The additional capacity will provide business and leisure travellers from France with more opportunities to visit Abu Dhabi.
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.
Flight EY31 has a scheduled departure time from Abu Dhabi at 2.15 am which arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 7.50 am local time. The return flight, EY32 takes off from the French capital at 10.40 am and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 7.30 pm.
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 the economy cabin.”