Etihad Airways CEO Peter Baumgartner said the Airbus aircraft will cater for increased demand
Etihad Airways will operate an Airbus A380 both of its daily flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle from October 1 next, the airline announced.
The upgrade in aircraft will allow the Abu Dhabi carrier to offer its ultra-luxury three-room suite The Residence on all its operations to the French capital. It currently operates a Boeing 777 on one of its daily flights.
The Residence, aimed at those looking to travel on private jets, features a living room with a 32” LCD monitor, bedroom with a double bed, separate en-suite shower room and a dedicated personal butler.
In addition to two in The Residence, Etihad’s A380 also includes nine seats in First Class, 70 in Business Class and 415 in the Economy Class cabin.
“Paris has always been a very special destination on the Etihad network and the number of visitors from France to Abu Dhabi, and vice versa has continued to show significant growth. The route has never been more in demand,” said Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways CEO.
“We have seized the opportunity to place our flagship Airbus A380 on our second daily flight, following the great reception the aircraft has received from our guests, and to ensure we offer product consistency on the route.
"This will also allow us to significantly increase the number of leisure and premium seats available, providing more options for those wanting to travel point-to-point between Abu Dhabi and Paris, two capitals now also united by Louvre museums, or to connect via our Abu Dhabi hub to points all over the Middle East, Asia and Australia.”
Etihad Airways has a codeshare partnership with Air France in place since October 2012, which covers nine destinations on the French carrier’s European network. Under the same agreement, Air France codeshares on 11 Etihad destinations in Africa, the Indian Sub-Continent and Australia.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.