Etihad Airways will roster an A380 on to its Mumbai route from May 1.
The Gulf carrier will operate a daily service superjumbo service between Abu Dhabi and the Indian city as flights EY204/203.
Subject to government approval, outbound service EY204 will depart Abu Dhabi at 1410 and arrive in Mumbai at 1920. Return leg EY203 will leave Mumbai at 2135 and land in Abu Dhabi at 2325.
Etihad currently flies three-times daily to Mumbai, under flight codes EY204/203, EY206/205 and EY212/213.
The airline plans to offer a “seamless A380 service” from Mumbai to New York, via Abu Dhabi. EY204/203 both carry the 9W code of Jet Airways, Etihad’s strategic partner.
James Hogan, Etihad’s resident and CEO, said: “The A380 out of Mumbai will connect seamlessly at our Abu Dhabi hub to the A380 service to New York, offering our New York-bound guests the comfort, convenience and superior inflight service of A380 flights all the way.”
Etihad’s A380 can accommodate 498 passengers, with 417 in economy, 70 in business class, nine in first and up to two in the its three-room The Residence apartment.
Last week, the carrier announced it will operate an A380 to Melbourne from June 1 (see news, October 26).