1 MAY 2017
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All 14 weekly flights on Etihad Airways' route between Abu Dhabi and Sydney will be operated with its flagship A380 aircraft from 29 October, with the second daily service upgraded from the 328-seat B777-300ER.
The announcement comes as Etihad marks the tenth anniversary of flying to Sydney, its first Australian destination, with the additional deployment of the 496-seat double-deck aircraft meaning it joins London and New York as an all-A380 operation.
The carrier says the change reflects growing demand from the UAE and connecting cities across the Gulf region, Middle East and Europe, while the Sydney – Heathrow route, via Abu Dhabi, will offer an all-A380 service in both directions.
Etihad chief executive Peter Baumgartner said: “Sydney is one of our busiest and best performing long-haul routes where we have experienced increased demand, particularly in our premium cabins, since its launch ten years ago.
“By introducing the A380 on the second daily flight, we are able to ensure our flagship product is on all the Sydney services each week. The upgrade will help to fulfil growing demand, benefitting travellers to and from Abu Dhabi and across Etihad Airways’ global network.”
Etihad is also upgrading its second daily service to New York to the A380 from 1 June.
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