Eti­had starts A380 ser­vice to Mum­bai

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Eti­had Air­ways has added Mum­bai to its net­work of cities served by Air­bus A380 air­craft. Flight EY204 landed at Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Mon­day night on oc­ca­sion of Ma­ha­rash­tra Day, the 56th an­niver­sary of the state’s for­ma­tion. Mum­bai is the air­line’s fourth A380 des­ti­na­tion. An Eti­had Air­ways se­nior man­age­ment team flew on the in­au­gu­ral flight, ar­riv­ing to a tra­di­tional lamp light­ing cer­e­mony (pic­tured) at­tended by of­fi­cials from Mum­bai air­port oper­a­tor GVK. Due to the cur­rent wa­ter short­age in Ma­ha­rash­tra, Eti­had said it de­cided not to pro­ceed with a cus­tom­ary wa­ter salute that typ­i­cally marks the ar­rival of an air­line’s first flight to an air­port. Much of In­dia is reel­ing un­der a weeks-long heat wave and se­vere drought that has re­sulted in at least 300 deaths. James Ho­gan, Eti­had Air­ways Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, said: “Our com­mit­ment to In­dia is un­equiv­o­cal, hav­ing built a ro­bust and suc­cess­ful route net­work with our own ded­i­cated ser­vices and those of our part­ner Jet Air­ways which, com­bined, give us 20 per cent mar­ket share, mak­ing us the largest con­trib­u­tors of pas­sen­ger traf­fic to and from In­dia, big­ger than any other in­ter­na­tional air­line.” The A380 op­er­ates on one of the five-daily sched­uled flights be­tween Mum­bai and Abu Dhabi. Eti­had Air­ways op­er­ates three flights and Jet Air­ways op­er­ates two.

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