Etihad Will Launch A380s to Paris

This summer, Etihad Airways is rolling out the A380 between Paris and Abu Dhabi. The aircraft will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital from July 1 through October 28, responding to strong demand for seats on the route.

Paris becomes the Gulf carrier’s latest A380 long-haul destination following London, Sydney, New York, and Melbourne. With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad will offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.

Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats, including 415 Economy Smart seats, 70 Business Studios, and nine First Apartments. Passengers looking for the ultimate splurge while at 35,000 feet can book The Residence—billed as the world’s first three-room suite on board a commercial airliner. The ultra-deluxe option comprises a living room with a 32-inch LCD monitor, a bedroom with a double bed, and a separate en-suite shower room. Guests can also expect the services of a personal butler trained at the prestigious London’s Savoy Butler Academy and a private chef for bespoke made-to-order meals. Of course, all those benefits come with a hefty price tag: a one-way fare from Paris to Abu Dhabi in The Residence will set you back approximately US$10,750.

Flight EY31 has a scheduled departure time from Abu Dhabi International Airport of 2:15 a.m., arriving at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 7:50 a.m. Meanwhile, the return flight EY32 will leave the French capital at 10:40 a.m. before touching down in Abu Dhabi at 7:30 p.m. local time.

For more information, visit Etihad.

The Residence's private living room.

The Residence’s private living room.

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