Etihad Airways has announced its plans to introduce its award-winning A380 on the Abu Dhabi-Paris route. The service between the two cities will be operated between July 1 and October 28 and the aircraft will feature the carrier’s pioneering ‘The Residence’ – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner. The airline has said that it will be twice-daily services to the French capital.
After London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne, Paris is the latest A380 long haul destination of the airline. Travellers will now be able to enjoy a seamless A380 flight service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.
Further, the new A380 service to the French city will support the strong connecting traffic to and from many cities across Asia and Australia including Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, together with destinations across the GCC such as Bahrain, Doha, Jeddah and Muscat.
Flight EY31 will be departing from the Abu Dhabi International Airport at 0215 hrs and will arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 0750 hrs. The return flight EY32 will be leaving the French capital at 1040 hrs and is scheduled to arrive in Abu Dhabi at 1930 hrs.
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.”
Etihad Airways’ A380 has a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two guests in The Residence, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart Seats.