Etihad brings back its Airbus A380 as travel demand soars

After a period of storage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Etihad Airways’ first Airbus A380 has come out of storage in Tarbes, France. This is a significant milestone for the airline as it prepares to resume A380 services later this year.

In March 2020, Etihad Airways made the decision to ground its entire A380 fleet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline, like many others, was forced to reduce its operations and fleet size as travel demand plummeted. The A380s were placed in storage at Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees Airport in France, where they remained until recently.

The first A380 to emerge from storage in Tarbes will undergo maintenance and checks before being flown to Abu Dhabi in the coming weeks.

Airbus A380
The Airbus A380 is the world’s largest passenger airliner, capable of carrying up to 853 passengers in a single class configuration.

“The A380, as well as being an iconic aircraft for Etihad, also represents the strength of our long-standing relationship with Airbus. We look forward to the gradual return of this magnificent aircraft to our skies.”

Tony Douglas, Group CEO of Etihad Aviation Group.

The resumption of A380 services will be a welcome development for Etihad Airways and its customers. The airline has always been committed to providing the highest levels of comfort and luxury, and the A380 is a key part of its fleet. With its spacious cabins, onboard lounges, and cutting-edge technology, the A380 offers passengers an unrivaled travel experience.

Etihad Airways has implemented a range of health and safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of its passengers and crew during the pandemic. These include mandatory pre-flight COVID-19 testing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, and the use of personal protective equipment.

As the aviation industry begins to recover from the pandemic, the resumption of A380 services is a positive sign of things to come. Etihad Airways’ first A380 coming out of storage in Tarbes is a symbol of hope and resilience, and a reminder of the power of air travel to connect people and cultures around the world.