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Article from BTNews 20 MARCH 2017

Etihad A380 spreads its wings

Growing demand is bringing another long-haul destination into the Etihad Airways Airbus A380 network this summer with the airline introducing the award-winning double-decker on the Abu Dhabi – Paris route.

Part of seasonal adjustments to the airline’s fleet deployment plan, the move will see the aircraft operate on one of Etihad’s twice-daily services to the French capital between 1 July and 28 October.

Paris joins London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne as an Etihad long-haul A380 destination. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing B777, the carrier will be able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the Abu Dhabi hub.

Etihad says the additional capacity will also support 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 and Shanghai.

The A380 has 496 seats with up to two passengers in the three-room First Class apartment known as the Residence, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart seats.

Airline CEO Peter Baumgartner said: “Flying our flagship product to France with additional seat capacity helps to fulfil growing demand and meet our guests’ expectations for a greater travel experience.”

www.etihad.com

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