London Welcomes Back the Etihad Airways Airbus A380

An Etihad Airways Airbus A380 passes overhead.
Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

London Heathrow yesterday welcomed back the arrival of the Etihad Airways Airbus A380, as the jet now caters to busy Summer demand.

The inaugural flight departed Abu Dhabi at 0205 local on July 25 and arrived at London Heathrow at 0645 local.

Reaction to the Etihad Airways A380 at London Heathrow…

London Welcomes Back the Etihad Airways Airbus A380
Photo Credit: Richard Vandervord, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Commenting on the Airbus A380 operational restart into London Heathrow was Antonoaldo Neves, the CEO of Etihad Airways:

“We’re excited to once again welcome guests onboard Etihad’s A380s and step into a truly remarkable experience.”


“Whether our guests are choosing to fly in Economy, Business, First, or our three-room suite in the sky The Residence, this aircraft provides an elevated flying experience which we take extreme pride in.

“The aircraft adds much-needed capacity connecting Abu Dhabi with London Heathrow and allows us to build our network and increase frequencies across the network.”

“With a surge in demand for travel over the summer, the return of our much-loved A380 comes at the perfect time.”

Looking Back at Its Journey…

Photo Credit: Anna Zvereva from Tallinn, Estonia, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, Etihad Airways’ engineering field, Etihad Engineering, completed the first re-entry maintenance for its A380s.

The operation was carried out in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at Etihad Engineering’s MRO facility, whereby the team carried out the removal, inspection, and installation of the full interior of the A380, which will now feature The Residence, Nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios all on the upper deck of the aircraft, as well as 405 Economy Smart Seats on the lower deck.

Not only did the team carry out a full interior inspection and renewal, but they also carried out a comprehensive check on the airframe itself. This work included the following –

  • Rear spar modifications.
  • Frame modifications.
  • Removal, inspection, and installation of all four Rolls Royce Trent engines.
  • Inspection and servicing of a vast range of sophisticated components at their on-site workshops.

Overall, this is a significant milestone for Etihad Airways, as the return of the A380 to its London operations highlights its positivity within its operational framework.

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