Etihad Airways goes double daily to Melbourne

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 22, 2014 20:58

Etihad Airways goes double daily to Melbourne

Etihad Airways has announced plans for a second daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne from 1 August 2015.

The additional flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with eight seats in First Class, 40 in Business Class and 280 in Economy Class. This will add more than 4,500 seats per week to the route, supporting strong two-way demand. It will also double the airline’s freight handling capacity providing new opportunities for trade.

The second daily non-stop flight will offer travellers more flexibility with two timings from which to choose and more than double the number of weekly flight connections.

Melbourne will now be linked to more than 50 cities across Etihad Airways global network, including 20 double daily services to popular destinations in the Middle East and Europe such as London Heathrow (where guests will experience Etihad Airways’ new A380 aircraft), Manchester, Dublin and Beirut.

There will also be new daily one-stop connections to destinations such as Edinburgh (which commences on 8th June, 2015), Geneva, Madrid and Zurich on the Etihad Airways network, Stuttgart and Vienna operated by the Air Berlin Group, and Venice operated by Alitalia, and improved access to other key destinations such as Athens and Brussels.

In conjunction with its equity partners, Etihad Airways will offer double daily services to Rome and Milan with Alitalia, Berlin and Düsseldorf with airberlin, and Belgrade with Air Serbia.

James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “We commenced flights to Melbourne in 2009 and it has since become one of the strongest routes on our network. Together with Virgin Australia and our other partner airlines, we have built a large and loyal customer base which has asked us for more choice. Today, I’m pleased to answer that call by announcing a doubling of our award-winning services to Melbourne.

“The new schedule will offer our guests a choice of two convenient departure times and seamless connectivity over Abu Dhabi to the Etihad Airways and Etihad Partners’ global networks.

“Significantly, we will be the only airline offering double daily non-stop flights between Melbourne and the UAE, and twice daily one-stop services to a vast network of business and leisure destinations worldwide.”

Tourism and Major Events Minister John Eren welcomed today’s announcement: “Attracting new airline services is a longstanding and continuing priority for the Victorian Government as we seek to grow tourism across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

“Etihad Airways’ announcement represents another vote of confidence in Victoria as a leading tourism destination and will deliver greater choice for leisure and business travellers.”

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore December 22, 2014 20:58