Etihad Airways will introduce the Airbus A380 on its service from Abu Dhabi to Seoul from July this year.
The carrier currently operates a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on the daily service, linking the UAE capital with South Korea’s Incheon airport.
Effective 1 July 2019, Etihad Airways will operate the Airbus A380 on its service to Seoul.
“Since launching our services to Seoul Incheon in December 2010, the route has proved tremendously successful and we have welcomed over 1.2 million guests on our flights to and from Korea since then,” said Robin Kamark, chief commercial officer, Etihad Aviation Group.
“This reinforces the strong ties between our two countries, and the importance Etihad continues to place on the Korean market.”
Seoul joins London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, New York JFK and Sydney as a destination served by the airline’s Airbus A380.
The superjumbo provides customers on the route with new inflight experiences such as The Residence, a luxurious three-room cabin which can accommodate two guests in complete privacy, and nine private First Apartments.
The double-decker aircraft includes 70 Business Studios and 405 Economy Smart Seats – 80 of which are Economy Space seats with a seat pitch of up to 36 inches.
The UAE and South Korea are major trade partners and the UAE is the largest importer of South Korean goods in the Middle East and Africa and the value of trade between the two countries is valued at approximately US$ 15 billion annually. It is estimated that over 200,000 Korean tourists now visit the UAE each year.
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