Etihad Airways to reintroduce Airbus A380 in summer 2023

On demand surge
Etihad Airways to reintroduce Airbus A380 in summer 2023
Etihad plane (Photo credit: Etihad Airways)

UAE national carrier, Etihad Airways will reintroduce four of its A380s in the summer of 2023, the airline announced in a statement on Friday.

The airline said the move follows a surge in demand for air travel across the airline’s network and customer feedback for the return of one of the most remarkable commercial flying experiences in the sky.

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“The A380’s reintroduction provides a further boost to Etihad’s capacity into the key UK market, with a knock-on effect for the wider GCC and Indian subcontinent that will bring more visitors to the city of Abu Dhabi,” Etihad Aviation Group’s chairman Mohammed Al-Shorafa said.

Etihad’s A380s feature “The Residence as well as three cabin classes on the double-decker aircraft, including nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios, and 405 Economy Smart Seats,” the airline said, adding that this includes 80 Economy Space seats with a seat pitch of up to 36 inches.

The nine First Apartments, which will be set across a single-aisle, offer passengers a private living space with a large leather lounge chair and an ottoman that opens up to become a separate 80.5″ long fully-flat bed, the airline said.

In addition, The First Apartment is one of the most spacious in its class and also offers a 24″ swiveling LCD TV monitor and personal vanity unit. This will be the first time that Etihad offers passengers The Residence as an optional extra to further enhance their First experience.

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