The airline’s A380 will initially be deployed on one of the twice-daily Abu Dhabi – Paris flights during the peak summer period between July 1 and October 28.
Seasonal adjustments will see the aircraft returning to the route from December 15 to February 15, before becoming a permanent year-round deployment six weeks later.
With the aircraft upgrade from a 328-seat Boeing 777-300ER, Paris will join London, New York and Sydney as long-haul destinations served by the A380.
The aircraft features the airline’s The Residence – the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner. The increased capacity on the airline’s flagship product serving one of Europe’s most popular destinations will benefit travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and popular connecting cities across Asia and Australia.
Etihad Airways’ A380 features a total capacity of 496 seats – up to two guests in The Residence, nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios and 415 Economy Smart Seats.