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Etihad plans its first A380 Paris flights as terror fears ease

Government outlined series of measures intended to improve security for tourists

Etihad plans its first A380 Paris flights as terror fears ease

Etihad Airways is introducing its superjumbo aircraft to Paris in a vote of confidence that the French market is rebounding from a travel slump following a spate of terror attacks.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline will deploy an Airbus Group SE A380 now serving Mumbai for one of two daily flights to Paris during the peak July 1-to-Oct. 28 summer timetable, Etihad said in a statement. The carrier will assign an Airbus A340-600 to the Indian route, a spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

The adjustment meets “growing demand,”  Peter Baumgartner, the head of the carrier, said in the statement. The 496-seat A380 will replace a 328-seat Boeing Co. 777 on the Paris route, lifting daily capacity by 26 percent.

Travel to France has dropped following a series of terrorist attacks that started in 2015, with foreign visitor arrivals by air falling 8.1 percent in the first 10 months of last year. The government outlined a series of measures in November intended to improve security for tourists.

Etihad also flies the double-decker A380 to London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne.

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