The A380 will now operate one of the Etihad’s two daily services between Sydney and Abu Dhabi, allowing passangers to travel completely by A380 from London to Sydney. Etihad added a second A380 to the London-Abu-Dhabi part of the route last month.
The new daily A380 Abu-Dhabi to Sydney service, together with an upgrade to a B777-300ER from the current A340-600 for the airline’s other four weekly flights, will increase the total number of two-way seats on the route by 30 per cent to 9,568 seats per week.
The A380 also offers a more luxurious way to travel, and features The Residence by Etihad, the world’s only private three-room cabin on a commercial aircraft, featuring a living room, separate ensuite shower room, double bedroom and a dedicated Savoy-trained Butler.
It also features nine First Apartments in first class, private living spaces with a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman which opens up to become a flat bed. A fully equipped shower room is also available for the exclusive use of first class guests. The plane has 70 Business Studios located on the upper deck of the A380, all offering direct aisle access, a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long, and an increase of 20 per cent in personal space. The Lobby lounge is located between the first class and business class cabins, featuring a staffed bar.
The main deck features 417 economy smart seats, each with a unique ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat, adjustable lumbar support, a seat width of approximately 19 inches, and an 11.1" personal TV monitor. The A380 has full mobile and Wi-Fi service, with USB and power points at every seat.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and CEO, said: "The A380 out of Sydney connects seamlessly at the Abu Dhabi hub to the A380 to London, offering our London-bound guests the comfort and convenience of an all-A380 service all the way.
"In 2014, we achieved an 88 per cent seat load factor on our Sydney route. The A380 will provide us with much-needed additional capacity, particularly in business class, where we consistently enjoy high levels of demand for our services. This capacity increase is particularly good news for our premium guests and for high-end leisure and business tourism at both ends of the Sydney-London route."
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