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Abu Dhabi, UAE - Etihad Airways has said that it would continue to operate its Airbus A380s and remains committed to the Airbus A350-1000s on order.

Reuters news agency had earlier reported that the Abu Dhabi-based carrier was considering retiring all ten A380-800s in the fleet, but the airline said that the superjumbo is an important asset for the Etihad's fleet on some specific routes.

Etihad was operating its A380s between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, New York JFK, Paris CDG, Seoul Incheon, and Sydney Kingsford Smith. The planes have been parked since March 25 due to the travel restrictions amidst the ongoing pandemic.

"Etihad is also committed to the delivery of its future fleet of Airbus A350-1000s and has selected the routes to be operated by this aircraft," 

A company spokesperson said.

The airline has yet to file schedules for the A350s. As such, the selection of routes has yet to be made public.

The other Gulf-based carrier Emirates Airlines has recently said that it also plans to resume operations with its A380-800s. The airline is planning to take deliveries of its A350-1000s on order as previously planned. Emirates has 16 A350-1000 in its order book waiting to be delivered over time. Four of them have already been formally delivered, although they are parked at the Bordeaux Airport with French registrations.


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