By Staff writer
Abu Dhabi airline set to boost capacity to UK from Friday; has eight more A380 superjumbos on order
Etihad Airways said on Thursday it has taken delivery of its second Airbus A380 and will introduce the aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow route on Friday.
Etihad Airways’ newest aircraft, registered A6-APB, was delivered to the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub on April 25 and will operate the EY19/EY20 rotation.
Two of the airline’s three daily flights to London will now be operated by the A380. Etihad Airways has a further eight A380s on order, a statement said.
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 of 2015, all three daily flights on this flagship route will be operated by the A380."
He added that in June, the third A380 will be introduced on one of its two daily services from Abu Dhabi to Sydney.
In 2014, Etihad Airways carried 533,615 guests to and from London Heathrow. The introduction of the A380 between Abu Dhabi and London will allow the airline to further boost its passenger numbers on the route.
Etihad Airways’ new A380 cabins include The Residence by Etihad which 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.