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Etihad Airways Launches 2nd Daily Airbus A380 Service to London Heathrow

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Friday, 1 May 2015

Etihad Airways will today launch its second Airbus A380 service between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow.

Etihad Airways newest A380, registered A6-APB, was delivered to its Abu Dhabi hub on 25 April and will operate the airlines EY19 / EY20 rotation.

Two of the airlines three daily flights to London will now be operated by the A380.

In 2014, Etihad Airways carried 533,615 guests to and from London Heathrow.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer, said, Adding our second A380 on the Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow will give our guests more opportunities to experience Etihad Airways revolutionary new cabins, including The Residence by Etihad and First Apartments. By August 2015, all three daily flights on this flagship route will be operated by the A380, offering our guests unparalleled luxury and superior inflight 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.

The Residence by Etihad features a living room, separate ensuite shower room, double bedroom, and a dedicated Savoy-trained Butler. Measuring 125 square feet in total, The Residence by Etihad is located on the forward upper deck of the A380 and is available for single or double occupancy.

The nine First Apartments in First Class are private living spaces featuring a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5 inch long fully flat bed.

Seventy Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the A380, all offering direct aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

The Lobby, a lounge located between the First Class and Business Class cabins, features two leather sofas and a staffed bar serving hot snacks and refreshments.

The main deck features 417 Economy Smart Seats, which provide enhanced comfort with a unique fixed wing headrest on each seat, adjustable lumbar support, and a seat width of almost 19 inches.

Etihad Airways has introduced the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system on its A380 fleet, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming, and high definition screens across all cabins. The A380 has full mobile and Wi-Fi service, with USB and power points at every seat.

Etihad Airways has a further eight A380s on order.

Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi, London, LHR, Heathrow

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