Etihad Airways is to roster its A380 superjumbo onto its Abu Dhabi-Paris route this summer, as part of “seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan”.
The aircraft – which features a four-class configuration including the carrier’s three-cabin The Residence offering – will operate on one of the carrier’s two daily services to Paris between July 1 and October 28.
The flights in question are EY31 departing Abu Dhabi at 0215, arriving into Paris at 0750, and EY32, leaving the French capital at 1040 and arriving back into Abu Dhabi at 1930.
Note though, that as the carrier currently only has eight A380 aircraft in its fleet, it has taken the decision to switch one of its superjumbos from the Abu Dhabi-Mumbai route onto the Paris service for the period above.
Bangalore Aviation quotes Etihad as saying that “Effective July 1 until October 28, 2017, A380 flights EY 203 and 204 between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai will be operated by an A340-600 aircraft”.
Commenting on the decision to add the superjumbo to the carrier’s Paris flights, Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways chief executive officer, said:
“Flying our flagship product to France with additional seat capacity helps fulfil growing demand and meet our guests’ expectations for an even greater travel experience with unmatched luxury, comfort and service.
“Paris is one of our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment of this upgraded service will benefit travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and our popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia.”