Etihad Airways has taken delivery of its second A380 and will add the aircraft on to its London Heathrow route tomorrow.
The move means that two out of the Gulf carrier’s three daily services will be operated by the superjumbo, with the third by a B777-300ER.
It rostered its first A380 between Abu Dhabi and Heathrow at the end of last year (see news, December 19).
The new A380 will operate flights EY19/20 — EY19 departs Abu Dhabi at 0835 and arrives at LHR at 1305, while EY20 leaves Heathrow at 1505 and lands in Abu Dhabi at 0100 the next day.
Etihad next plans to fly the superjumbo to Sydney in June, followed by a third daily A380 service to London Heathrow in August, and a service to New York JFK in December (see news, March 4).
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad’s CCO, said: “By August of 2015, all three daily flights on this flagship route will be operated by the A380, offering our guests unparalleled luxury and superior in-flight technology.
“In June, the third A380 will be introduced on one of our two daily services from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, offering a seamless, one-stop connection via Abu Dhabi to and from London on this innovative aircraft type.”
Etihad’s A380 contains a Residence by Etihad three-room suite, with a living room, ensuite shower room, bedroom and dedicated butler, and nine First Apartments, each featuring a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman and opens up to become a separate 80.5-inch fully-flat bed. It also has 70 business class seats and 417 economy seats.
To read a review of business class on Etihad’s A380, click here.