Etihad Airways has turned the table as the UAE based airline relaunch its Airbus A380 operations. The aircraft operated Etihad Airways flight 11 from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow Airport.
Etihad relaunch Airbus A380 operations
Abu Dhabi based Full Service Carrier, Etihad Airways has relaunched the Jumbo operations. The touchdown of Etihad Airways Flight 11 marked the comeback of the Super Jumbo Aircraft. The aircraft landed at London Heathrow Airport at 05:42 AM.
On July 25, the airline operated the return flight of the aircraft. From now on, the aircraft will be operating daily flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow.
About the Etihad Super Jumbo Jet
The reactivated aircraft is registered as A6-APG. The aircraft is 7.7 years old. Just like other Etihad Airbus A380s, this aircraft also features 496 seats excluding the premium ‘Residence’ offering.
Residence is an exclusive 3 room suite onboard the aircraft which features a private living room, a seperate bedroom and a shower.
The aircraft has an onboard lounge called ‘The Lobby’. It has 9 First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 405 Economy Smart seats. This includes 80 Economy Space seats with a pitch of 36 inches.
During the pandemic, the airline withdrew the Jumbo jets from use due to low demand. The airline retired this particular airframe MSN 198 on 19 March 2020. The aircraft was parked at Teruel from 19 April 2021 to 30 January 2023. The airline has now returned it to service.
Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer Antonoaldo Neves said that our guests will surely welcome their most loved aircraft, the incredible Airbus A380. To satusy the demand, we have decided to return some of the Airbus A380s back into the fleet. We look forward to welcome passengers onboard this lovely giant machine.
More Airbus A380s to return
Etihad is expecting return of 4 of its Airbus A380 jumbo aircraft in the summer of 2023. With this launch to London Heathrow, the airline has been able to free up some capacity, which it can deploy some other destination or launch a new destination.
Along with 4 Airbus A380s, 5 Airbus A320 aircraft will also return back to operations.
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Source : Etihad Airways Press release