Etihad to increase capacity to Australia in February 2017

Etihad Airways will add three weekly flights between Abu Dhabi and Sydney to operate a double-daily schedule from 6 February 2017.

Etihad Airways' Boeing 787 now daily to Perth

The morning departure from Abu Dhabi – EY450 – and the afternoon departure from Sydney – EY451 – will increase from four to seven flights per week. This enhancement to the airline’s Sydney schedule comes with the move by strategic partner Virgin Australia to shift its Australia to Abu Dhabi operation from Sydney to Perth from 9 June 2017.

Expanding the codeshare agreement, Etihad Airways will add its EY code to Virgin Australia’s new three weekly Perth-Abu Dhabi flights. The combined impact of these in an increase the UAE flag carrier’s Australian footprint from a total of 42 to 45 weekly flights.

Etihad Airways will operate its three new weekly Sydney services at the same timings as Virgin Australia’s current Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights, on which Etihad Airways has placed its EY code since they began in February 2011.

The additional flights will be operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER, the aircraft type operating the current EY450/451 pattern. The aircraft is configured with eight seats in First Class, 40 in Business Class and 280 in Economy Class.

Etihad Airways’ chief executive officer, Peter Baumgartner, said: “Australia is a critical part of our network, and we will continue to add capacity in order to meet the growing two-way demand for business and leisure travel. The allocation of our newest equipment, the A380 and B787, to all four Australian gateways, and investment of our next-generation product and service offering demonstrate our commitment to this highly competitive market.

“From mid-2017, business and leisure travellers on the Perth route will enjoy the convenience of 10 weekly non-stop flights to our Abu Dhabi hub and seamless connectivity to more than 55 cities across Etihad Airways’ global network.

Schedule for Abu Dhabi-Sydney, effective 6 February 2017

Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Frequency Aircraft
EY454 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 22:15 Sydney

(SYD)

19:15+1 Daily A380
EY455 Sydney

(SYD)

21:50 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 05:40+1 Daily A380
EY450 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 09:25 Sydney

(SYD)

06:15+1 Daily B777-300ER
EY451 Sydney

(SYD)

16:20 Abu Dhabi (AUH) 23:55 Daily B777-300ER

All departures and arrivals are listed in local time.

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