Etihad Airways has further increased capacity on its London route, adding a third daily A380 service.
Since November 1, three of the carrier’s four daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Heathrow are now operated by the superjumbo. This means Etihad now offers a total of 1,726 seats per day on the key London route. Flights EY17 (departing from Abu Dhabi at 2:55 p.m.) and EY18 (departing from Heathrow at 8:55 p.m.) join existing A380 services EY11/12 and EY19/20. Etihad has announced plans to return four of its superjumbos to service in December 2022, with A380 flights returning to the route Abu Dhabi-Heathrow in July this year.
The carrier’s superjumbos are configured with 337 Economy Smart seats, 68 Economy Space seats, 70 Business studios, nine First Apartments and The Residence – a suite for two people including a private living room, a bedroom and an adjoining bathroom. For reference, a round trip ticket between the two cities in First costs around $6,200, to which must be added another $5,000 for the possibility of access to The Residence, since it cannot be booked directly, but is offered as an upgrade to passengers traveling in First.
“ Our third A380 on flights to London is great news for our customers. The aircraft adds increased capacity between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow and is ideally timed to further connect people between the UK, UAE and beyond across Etihad’s growing global network.commented Ed Fotheringham, Vice President of Global Sales at Etihad.
Etihad Airways has 10 Airbus A380s in its fleet with an average age of 7.8 years, but after the pandemic only three were reintroduced, which only operate the Abu Dhabi-London route.