Eti­had Air­ways in­tro­duces Air­bus A380: Abu Dhabi to Paris Charles de Gaulle

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

Eti­had Air­ways yes­ter­day in­tro­duced an Air­bus A380 air­craft on one of its two daily ser­vices be­tween Abu Dhabi, the cap­i­tal of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE), and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The new ser­vice has been in­tro­duced early to meet sea­sonal de­mand from 1 July to 28 Oc­to­ber and 15 De­cem­ber to 15 Fe­bru­ary 2018. The A380 will then op­er­ate a reg­u­lar year-round ser­vice from 25 March 2018. The su­per­jumbo replaces a three-class Boe­ing 777-300ER pre­vi­ously op­er­at­ing the air­line's daily overnight ser­vice to the French cap­i­tal. Mo­ham­mad Al Bu­looki, Eti­had Air­ways Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial, said: "Paris is one of Eti­had Air­ways' most sought-af­ter des­ti­na­tions, pop­u­lar with both leisure and busi­ness fly­ers alike. The global cap­i­tal of style and gas­tron­omy de­serves us to fly our flag­ship prod­uct to town, of­fer­ing world-lead­ing and award-win­ning in­flight hos­pi­tal­ity ex­pe­ri­ences in the skies.

"The A380 has pre­sented a unique op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide the sig­na­ture ser­vices and in­no­va­tions that only Eti­had Air­ways has been able to cre­ate for this in­cred­i­ble air­craft. These in­clude revo­lu­tion­ary cab­ins such as The Res­i­dence, and First Apart­ments - jewels in the crown of our First Class of­fer­ing, which was re­cently recog­nised again with three cov­eted Sky­trax World Air­line Awards at the Paris Air Show.

"Paris is a city loved by all of us in the UAE. We have also seen an in­crease in the num­ber of French vis­i­tors we are wel­com­ing to Abu Dhabi a hub of cul­ture, com­merce and tourism, which is home to French in­sti­tu­tions such as the spec­tac­u­lar Lou­vre Mu­seum and the Paris-Sor­bonne Univer­sity. Adding the flag­ship air­craft on this im­por­tant route reaf­firms Eti­had Air­ways' and the UAE's com­mit­ment to the French mar­ket and cel­e­brates the deep cul­tural and busi­ness ties which ex­ist be­tween our two coun­tries."

The air­craft, which was piloted by a French Captain and an Emi­rati First Of­fi­cer, was greeted with a cus­tom­ary wa­ter canon sa­lute on ar­rival into Paris, where lo­cal me­dia and spe­cial guests were in­vited to meet ex­ec­u­tives from the air­line and to tour the air­craft's award-win­ning in­te­ri­ors. Eti­had Air­ways op­er­ates a ded­i­cated Pre­mium Lounge at Charles de Gaulle, sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanc­ing the ground ex­pe­ri­ence for its guests trav­el­ling in The Res­i­dence, First Class, Busi­ness Class, and its top-tier loy­alty mem­bers, with paid ac­cess avail­able to guests in Econ­omy Class.

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