The UAE’s flag carrier, Etihad Airways recently launched daily A380 flights to Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. The A380 is the world’s biggest passenger airliner.
The Indian city became Etihad Airways’ fourth A380 destination after London, Sydney and New York. Also, the UAE airline plans to launch A380 flights to Melbourne from June 1.
Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Baumgartner, said: “Bringing our flagship product to India is further proof of its significance as a market, and more importantly, our commitment to the country’s economy.”
He added: “With the aircraft upgrade, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service in both directions between Mumbai and New York JFK International with a seamless connection over Abu Dhabi, along with the unique USA customs border protection which enables guests to pre-clear US customs at Abu Dhabi International Airport and arrive in the US as domestic passengers. The service is operated as a codeshare flight with Jet Airways.
“In Jet Airways we have a key ally, a strategic partner, and a true friend in the Indian skies that gives us the combined strength and enhanced competitive edge to provide what demanding consumers want today – greater choice, more travel options, better products and a superior travel experience,” he continued.
The 496-seat aircraft features the award-winning ‘The Residence’ – a three-room suite which comprises a living room, shower and bedroom among its four-class products.