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Etihad launches A380 on Paris route to meet rising demand

Superjumbo operates on one of two daily services to address holiday demand; will fly year-round from next March

Etihad launches A380 on Paris route to meet rising demand

Etihad Airways has introduced an Airbus A380 aircraft on one of its two daily services between Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The new service has been introduced to meet seasonal demand and will initially run until October 28.

It will also operate from December 15 to February 15, 2018 before operating a regular year-round service from March 25 next year, Etihad said in a statement.

The superjumbo replaces a three-class Boeing 777-300ER previously operating the airline’s daily overnight service to the French capital.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways executive vice president commercial, said: “Paris is one of Etihad Airways’ most sought-after destinations, popular with both leisure and business flyers alike. The global capital of style and gastronomy deserves us to fly our flagship product to town, offering world-leading and award-winning inflight hospitality experiences in the skies.

“Paris is a city loved by all of us in the UAE. We have also seen an increase in the number of French visitors we are welcoming to Abu Dhabi - a hub of culture, commerce and tourism, which is home to French institutions such as the spectacular Louvre Museum and the Paris-Sorbonne University.

"Adding the flagship aircraft on this important route reaffirms Etihad Airways’ and the UAE’s commitment to the French market and celebrates the deep cultural and business ties which exist between our two countries.”

Etihad Airways also operates a dedicated Premium Lounge at Charles de Gaulle.

Etihad's A380 carries 496 guests in a four-class configuration - The Residence, First Apartments, Business Studios, and Economy Smart Seats.

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