Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan stated the carrier plans to deploy A380 equipment on flights into Sydney, Melbourne, London and New York once it begins to take delivery of the A380 in late 2014 (Australian Business Traveller, 06-Jun-2013). According to the CAPA Database Fleet, Etihad Airways has 10 A380s on order.
Etihad Airways plans to deploy A380 to Australia, UK and US in 2014
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