The airline company Etihad Airways returned to service between Abu Dhabi And London a first Airbus A380four of its ten copies to fly by the end of the year.
Since dawn on July 25, 2023, the superjumbo of the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has resumed commercial flights after a three-year absence, on a single route connecting its base in Abu Dhabi to the airport of London-Heathrow – initially on the first of four daily rotations, taking off at 2.05 a.m. (arrival at 6.45 a.m. after a 7.40 a.m. flight) and leaving the British capital at 9.30 a.m. (arrival at 7.35 p.m. after a 7.05 a.m. flight).
Configured to accommodate 11 passengers in Première (including two in Residence), 70 in Business class and 417 in Economy including 80 in Economy Space (498 seats), the Etihad Airways A380 from Etihad Airways replaces a Boeing 777-300ER, the other rotations being provided by 787-9 or 787-10 Dreamliner. A second daily flight by A380 will be launched from the beginning of August, with departure at 8:30 a.m. (arrival at 1:05 p.m.) and return at 2:50 p.m. (arrival the next day at 12:55 a.m.), and a third is announced for November.
Antonoaldo Neves, CEO of Etihad Airways, said last December: ” We know this return will be welcomed by our customers, who love Etihad’s incredible A380 and its award-winning cabins. We have decided that the time has come to bring some of our A380s back into the fleet to meet the demand, which made them financially viable. We look forward to welcoming our guests back on board this remarkable aircraft. “.
After the registered superjumbo A6-APG operated this morning and “woke up” last March, then A6-APH at the end of June, the airline “woke up” in mid-July a third A380 out of the four that will resume service this summer. Etihad Airways has also filmed the preparations for the return to service of the superjumbos,
Here it is, we gate 33..@etihad A380
— M Zulqarnain B (@MZulqarnainBut1) July 24, 2023
Join us live tomorrow morning for another milestone to catch the @etihad @AirbusintheUK
A380 Quadjet A6-APG back to @HeathrowAirport after a three year absence.
Arrival time is scheduled for 06:45BST. Arrivals will be on the Southern, although at that time of… pic.twitter.com/jlJ8ZU8ZsD
—BIG JET TV (@BigJetTVLIVE) July 24, 2023