Etihad Airways To Fly Airbus A380 To Paris

Daniel Fowkes
26 Apr 2024
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An Etihad Airways Airbus A380 at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Etihad Airways is ramping up its commitment to the Airbus A380 again by announcing plans to send the aircraft to Paris.

From November 1, 2024, Etihad Airways says it’ll deploy the world’s largest passenger plane on service between Abu Dhabi and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

From this date, Paris will become the third city to see the Airbus A380 joining existing cities in London and New York. Etihad Airways only recommenced service with the A380 to New York last week, while London was the first destination selected.

Operating as EY31/32, the flight will depart Abu Dhabi at 0240 with a 0730 arrival in Paris. The return leg will depart Abu Dhabi just over two hours later at 0945, with same-day arrival in 1925 back into Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways currently uses its newly delivered Airbus A350-1000 for this service. Upgauging to the Airbus A380 represents a considerable capacity boost for the famous city.

The Return Of The Airbus A380

Etihad Airways previously believed the A380 had no place within its fleet, a decision that stemmed from the devastating effects of the global pandemic. However, when demand surged, Etihad Airways was forced to re-evaluate its commitment to the aircraft.

Securing next-generation aircraft was difficult due to a decimated supply chain at Airbus and Boeing, so Etihad needed to use its available resources.

Etihad Airways eventually returned the Airbus A380 slowly but surely back to its fleet. However, the carrier initially said the return would only see the aircraft deployed towards London Heathrow.

The carrier quickly determined that other significant markets needed a high-capacity aircraft and adjusted accordingly. By the end of 2024, Etihad Airways will fly the aircraft to three separate yet highly lucrative markets to meet demand.

The Airbus A380s Comeback

Etihad Airways remains another perfect example of a carrier utilising the A380 capabilities to boost capacity in existing or new markets.

In the case of Etihad Airways, they returned the A380 to cities where they had been flying the aircraft before the pandemic. However, there’s much debate about whether the airline will choose to reactivate further units.

Etihad Airways says Bonjour to Paris with the Airbus A380 set to be deployed to the city from November 1, 2024

A further reactivation would be sensible for existing markets needing a capacity boost. For now, executives believe that the four active A380s make the most sense and can serve the required markets.

How long the A380s resurgence lasts is another topic up for debate. The aircraft remains a popular choice among customers. However, production of the series ceased in the early 2020s. As a result, the aircraft is more on the way out than the way in.

Ultimately, the expectation is that with improvement in supply chains and the delivery of aircraft such as the A350-1000 and 777X, airlines may eventually look to cut their losses and move forward with the series.

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