Later this month Etihad will finally begin service with their cutting edge new A380s. The inaugural flight will be from Abu Dhabi to London on December 27, and I can’t wait to be on it in the First Class Apartment.
As is often the norm when airlines take delivery of an aircraft with a new type of “product,” Etihad is heavily restricting award space on the A380.
They don’t seem to be releasing any first or business class saver award space on the A380, and certainly aren’t releasing any saver award space in The Residence.
However, reader Carlos notes one oddity — Etihad has released A380 first class award space between Abu Dhabi and London on October 10, 2015, only.
They have two flights with two First Apartment seats from Abu Dhabi to London:
And one flight with one First Apartment seat between London and Abu Dhabi:
I don’t see any other dates or routes with A380 first class award availability, but if someone finds some, please do share below!
Obviously this won’t be of widespread use to people, though it is interesting that they seem to be releasing space on one day only. I’m not sure if it’s a glitch or something else weird, though here’s to hoping the trend continues.
If you’re one of the lucky five people to snag one of these seats, please post below! And thanks to Carlos for the heads up on this.
As a reminder, here’s a primer on searching Etihad award space.