London targeted as Etihad Airways returns A380s to service

Etihad Airways is to start reintroducing four Airbus A380 superjumbos to London from next summer.

The move follows a surge in demand for air travel across the airline’s network and customer feedback for the return of the double deck aircraft.

The Abu Dhabi carrier expects to return four of its A380s to the fleet in the summer of 2023, with plans to operate to Heathrow, freeing up capacity for increased frequencies on existing routes and the launch of new destinations.

Etihad is currently preparing the aircraft to fly again. Part of the preparation includes the recruitment and training of A380 teams, including pilots, cabin crew and technical ground staff.

The A380s feature The Residence as well as three cabin classes, including nine first apartments, 70 business studios and 405 economy seats, including 80 ‘economy space’ seats with a seat pitch of up to 36 inches.

Etihad Aviaition Group chairman Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa said: “It is wonderful to announce the return of this splendid aircraft. 

“The A380’s reintroduction provides a further boost to Etihad’s capacity into the key UK market, with a knock-on effect for the wider GCC and Indian subcontinent that will bring more visitors to the city of Abu Dhabi.”

The airline’s chief executive Antonoaldo Neves added: “We know this will be welcomed by our guests who love Etihad’s incredible A380 and its award-winning cabins. 

“We have decided the time is right to return some of our A380s into the fleet to satisfy the demand which has made them financially viable once more. 

“We look forward to welcoming our guests again on board this remarkable aircraft.”

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