Etihad Airways’ inaugural A 380 flight takes off from Abu Dhabi International Airport

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Abu Dhabi, 27th December 2014 (STAT):- Etihad Airways’ inaugural A380 flight took off from Abu Dhabi International Airport to London Heathrow.

Eng. Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports said: “The addition of the A380 to the roster of aircraft using Abu Dhabi International Airport heralds a new era for ourselves, for Etihad Airways, and for Abu Dhabi.

“We are rapidly becoming a global transportation hub that plays an increasingly significant international role, and boosts Abu Dhabi’s economy by bringing corporate, leisure and cargo traffic to the Emirate. We are pleased to have developed the infrastructure needed to accommodate this remarkable aircraft and remain committed to further capacity expansion ahead of the expected rise in passenger numbers.”

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate this momentous occasion alongside our partners Abu Dhabi Airports, who have played a significant role in supporting our growth plan. This is the first of 10 scheduled flights on board the A380, with plans to deploy aircraft two and three on the London route as well, which will become an all-superjumbo service with three daily flights. The model will also serve Sydney and New York later in 2015.”

In preparation for the arrival of the world’s biggest commercial airplanes, Abu Dhabi Airports recently renovated its Southern Runway as part of the Southern Airfield refurbishment programme. The renovation plans were undertaken to upgrade the runway to Code F status, with the addition of 21 aircraft stands, ahead of the much-awaited scheduled flights of the Airbus A380 and Boeing Dreamliner 787 aircraft.

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