Tue. Jan 31st, 2023
Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced plans to reintroduce four of its Airbus A380 aircraft in the summer of 2023, supplemented by five extra A320 aircraft.

In November 2020, Etihad’s A380 aircraft were grounded as part of a lean approach to deal with issues brought on by the pandemic. This step comes to satisfy the anticipated increase in demand for air travel during the busy summer months.

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The airline announced earlier this month that the superjumbo aircraft are set to operate to London Heathrow, one of the carrier’s significant destinations throughout its global network, to free up capacity for higher frequency on existing flights and introduce new destinations.

Etihad Airways on Twitter

Airbus A380s in 2022

During the pandemic, when asked whether the Airbus A380 would fly again, Etihad’s CEO at that time, Tony Douglas, said, “never say never.” As a result, there were suspicions that the aircraft would eventually return to the skies again. Earlier this month, when Etihad released this announcement, it was the tenth airline to return the world’s largest commercial aircraft into the skies.

Read also: Lufthansa Takes The First Airbus A380 Out Of Storage

The world’s largest commercial aircraft made a strong comeback in 2022 as market demand rose and the global aviation sector recovered gradually. During the pandemic, many airlines around the world followed suit, grounding their A380 fleets in an effort to reduce operating costs and weather the mounting financial losses.

Booking Etihad Airbus A380 flights to London Heathrow is now available!

Source: Airline Ratings

The Airbus A380 will resume long-haul service on July 15th, 2023, according to an update to Etihad’s flight schedules.

Flight NumberDep AirportDep TimeArriving AirportArriving TimeFlight Time
EY 11Abu Dhabi (AUH)02:05London Heathrow (LHR)06:4507h40m
EY 12London Heathrow (LHR)09:30Abu Dhabi (AUH)19:4007h10m
Source: Simple Flying

The operations of EY 11 and 12 will continue until July. They will be joined in August by a second rotation that will operate as follows:

Flight NumberDep AirportDep TimeArr AirportArr TimeFlight Time
EY 19Abu Dhabi (AUH)08:30London Heathrow (LHR)13:0507h35m
EY 20London Heathrow (LHR)14:50Abu Dhabi (AUH)00:55+107h05m
Source: Simple Flying

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