Etihad Airways yesterday announced the year-round deployment of its award-winning Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route with effect from 1 July, 2017.
The 496-seat A380 which features ‘The Residence’ – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner – will replace the 328-seat Boeing 777 on one of its twice-daily services to Paris.
Paris becomes the airline’s latest A380 long-haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne.
Etihad Airways will offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi home base.
The A380 service will support the strong connecting traffic to and from many cities across Asia and Australia from Abu Dhabi including Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
Flight EY31 has a scheduled departure time from Abu Dhabi at 2.15 am which arrives Paris CDC airport at 7.50 am. The return flight, EY32 takes off from the Paris at 10.40 am and arrives Abu Dhabi at 7.30 pm.
Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two in ‘The Residence’, nine in first class, 70 in business class and 415 in the economy cabin.”
The Residence is an ultra-private, three-room suite featuring a living room with a 32” LCD monitor, bedroom with a double bed, separate en-suite shower room and dedicated personal butler and a private chef. A UK-trained ‘Flying Nanny’ is on-board every A380 to provide dedicated childcare support for families travelling with young children.