Etihad Airways to Go All-A380 on Paris Route

The Abu Dhabi–based carrier will begin serving the French capital solely with double-decker aircraft this fall.

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Starting on October 1, Etihad will swap out the Boeing 777-300ER with an Airbus A380 on its second daily service between Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle, mirroring the operational change made to its other daily flight to the French capital since July last year. Paris will become the airline’s second European destination served by its A380s multiple times a day after London Heathrow.

Etihad’s flagship A380s include 496 seats across two decks. On the premium upper deck, two passengers can opt for total privacy in a three-room suite known as The Residence, while nine first-class “apartments” feature a flat-screen TV, armchair, a separate fully flat bed, and a vanity unit and wardrobe with a chilled minibar below.

Those traveling first class will get to use a luxurious bathroom with a fully equipped shower. Meanwhile, the 70 seats in business class can be converted into fully flat beds; all have direct aisle access and a 20 percent increase in personal space compared to the Boeing 777-300ER.

Premium passengers can also relax mid-flight at The Lobby, a lounge between the first- and business-class cabins that has two sofas and a staffed bar. In economy class on the A380’s main deck, the 415 seats come equipped with fixed-wing headrests and an 11-inch personal HD screen to enjoy more than 750 hours of on-demand movies, TV programs, and games, alongside live TV news and sports.

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