Etihad to Fly Its A380 from Paris to Abu Dhabi Between July 1 and October 28

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According to the AviationTribune, Etihad will operate the A380 “on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28 […] With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777, Etihad Airways is able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via the airline’s Abu Dhabi hub.”

Etihad First Class Apartment
The Etihad Apartment.

The A380 will operate on one of its twice-daily services to the French capital between July 1 and October 28.

The City of Lights is the latest A380 long haul destination following London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne. (The A380 also flies to Mumbai but it’s only a 3 hour flight, so I’m not sure I’d go for that.) With the aircraft upgrade from a 777, Etihad Airways is now able to offer an all-A380 daily service from Paris to both Melbourne and Sydney via its Abu Dhabi hub.

Etihad First Class Apartment
The Etihad Apartment “Lobby.”

“The new route will also support the strong connecting traffic running to and from many cities across Asia and Australia including: Brisbane, Perth, Bangkok, Chengdu, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Manila, Shanghai, Seychelles, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.”

Flight EY31 will depart from AUH at 0215 hrs, arriving at CDG at 0750 hrs, and  the return flight EY32 will depart CDG at 1040 hrs, and arrive at AUH at 1930 hrs.

Etihad First Class Apartment
The Etihad Apartment.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Flying our flagship product to France with additional seat capacity helps fulfill growing demand and meet our guests’ expectations for an even greater travel experience with unmatched luxury, comfort and service.

“Paris is one of our busiest and best performing European routes, so the deployment of this upgraded service will benefit travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and our popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia.”

Etihad First Class Apartment

Booking possibilities

This route can be booked for as few as 62,500 AA miles in first class and for 42,500 in business class. This opens up a great new oppurtunity for others to experience the coveted Apartment or even the business class studios, especially if travelers are trying to put together a round the world trip with one way itineraries, although they need to note the seasonal nature of the route.

Link to press release.

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