The A380s will operate between Abu Dhabi and London and the move follows a surge in demand for air travel across the airline’s network and customer feedback for the return of one of the most remarkable commercial flying experiences in the sky, according to His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman, Etihad Aviation Group.
“It is wonderful to announce the return of this splendid aircraft,” he said. “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.”
Etihad’s A380s feature The Residence as well as three cabin classes on the double-decker aircraft, including 9 First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 405 Economy Smart Seats. This includes 80 Economy Space seats with a seat pitch of up to 36 inches.
“We know this will be welcomed by our guests who love Etihad’s incredible A380 and its award-winning cabins,” said Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Antonoaldo Neves.
“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,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming our guests again on board this remarkable aircraft.”
Etihad expects to return four of its A380s to the fleet in the summer of 2023, with plans to operate to London Heathrow, freeing up capacity for increased frequencies on existing routes and the launch of new destinations.
The A380s’ return will be supported by the addition of five of their smaller A320 siblings, according to the carrier.