Etihad Airways to Operate an A380 Aircraft On All its Abu Dhabi-Sydney Flights

Etihad Airways will operate all 14 Abu Dhabi-Sydney flights with the A380 aircraft from October 29, 2017, providing Middle East-bound travellers with enhanced inflight experience.

The current daily A380 Sydney flights will be joined by a second daily superjumbo service, upgraded from a 328-seat Boeing 777-300ER. The addition of flights comes as Etihad Airways marks the 10th anniversary of flying to Sydney, its first Australian destination.

Featuring the carrier’s revolutionary The Residence, the world’s first three-room suite on a commercial airliner, the additional deployment of the 496-seat double-decker aircraft means one of Australia’s largest cities will join London and New York as an all-A380 operation.

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The carrier will meet growing demand from the UAE and connecting cities across the Gulf region, Middle East and Europe. The Sydney-London Heathrow route via Abu Dhabi will also offer guests the consistency, convenience and comfort of a seamless all-A380 service in both directions. Beginning June 1, the second daily New York service will be upgraded to the superjumbo.

Introduced on the Sydney route two years ago, the A380 can accommodate two guests in The Residence, which features a living room, bedroom and shower, together with nine First Apartments, 70 Business Studios, and 415 Economy Smart Seats.

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“Sydney is one of our busiest and best performing long-haul routes where we have experienced increased demand, particularly in our premium cabins, since the launch 10 years ago,” says Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer. “By introducing the A380 on the second daily flight, we are able to ensure our flagship product is on all of the Sydney services each week. The upgrade of this service will help fulfil growing demand, benefiting travellers to and from Abu Dhabi, and across Etihad Airways’ global network.”

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