Etihad Airways has confirmed that it will
operate its popular Airbus A380 aircraft on
the Abu Dhabi to Paris route. The aircraft, which
will operate from 1 July on one of its twice-daily services.
Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380
long-haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and
With the 496-seat aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat
Boeing 777, Etihad Airways will offer a daily, all-A380 service
from Paris to Melbourne and Sydney via Abu Dhabi.
The aircraft upgauge will also support strong demand to and from
many cities across Asia and Australia from Abu Dhabi including
Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Hong Kong,
Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
Flight EY31 has a scheduled departure time from Abu
Dhabi at 02:15 which arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport
at 07:50 local time. The return flight, EY32 takes off from the
French capital at 10:40 and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 19:30.
Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive
Officer, said, “We believe that our customers travelling to and
from Paris will really enjoy what we see as unparalleled comfort
and services on board our A380. Flying our flagship aircraft to
France helps fulfill growing demand and offers greater travel
experiences for the flying public. Paris is one of
our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment
of this upgraded service will provide benefits to travellers to
and from Abu Dhabi, and our popular connecting cities across Asia
Etihad Airways’ A380 features a
total capacity of 496 seats – up to two in The Residence, 9 in
first class, 70 in business class and 415 in the economy cabin.