Etihad Airways will be operating its coveted Airbus A380 between Abu Dhabi and Mumbai, as of May 1, 2016.
Mumbai will be joining the airline’s other A380 destinations which include London, New York, Sydney and, from June 2016, Melbourne.
Etihad Airways’ 496-seat A380 features its three-room The Residence by Etihad – as well as nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios, and 415 Economy Smart Seats.
With a total capacity of 496 seats, the A380 has double the seats that the Boeing B777-300ER boasts, offering more options for tourism growth into India, the US and Abu Dhabi.
The aircraft will be deployed on the route to operate daily on flight EY204 from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai, and EY203 from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi, both of which carry the 9W code of Jet Airways, Etihad Airways’ strategic partner.
President and CEO, Etihad Airways, James Hogan commented on the news: “The Etihad Airways A380 has set a new benchmark for luxury and innovation and we are delighted to announce that this world-class service will soon be available to guests flying to and from Mumbai.
“Furthermore, the A380 out of Mumbai will connect seamlessly at our Abu Dhabi hub to the A380 service to New York, offering our New York-bound guests the comfort, convenience and superior inflight service of A380 flights all the way.”