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Etihad Plans Its First A380 Paris Flights as Terror Fears Ease

  • Carrier to use double-decker for Paris service this summer
  • Plane will be redeployed from current Abu Dhabi-Mumbai route

Etihad Airways is introducing its superjumbo aircraft to Paris in a vote of confidence that the French market is rebounding from a travel slump following a spate of terror attacks.

The Abu Dhabi-based airline will deploy an Airbus Group SE A380 now serving Mumbai for one of two daily flights to Paris during the peak July 1-to-Oct. 28 summer timetable, Etihad said in a statement. The carrier will assign an Airbus A340-600 to the Indian route, a spokeswoman said in an e-mail.

The adjustment meets “growing demand,” Peter Baumgartner, the head of the carrier, said in the statement. The 496-seat A380 will replace a 328-seat Boeing Co. 777 on the Paris route, lifting daily capacity by 26 percent.

Travel to France has dropped following a series of terrorist attacks that started in 2015, with foreign visitor arrivals by air falling 8.1 percent in the first 10 months of last year. The government outlined a series of measures in November intended to improve security for tourists.

Etihad also flies the double-decker A380 to London, Sydney, New York and Melbourne.

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