30 AUGUST 2010
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VIRGIN BLUE & ETIHAD have established a partnership that will enable Virgin Blue’s international arm, V Australia, to launch direct services to Abu Dhabi in 2011 with the two airlines offering a joint network from 1 October this year. Etihad is already established in Oz with daily services to Melbourne and Sydney. The two airlines will move towards a total of 27 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and Australia including double daily services to Sydney, daily to Melbourne and six frequencies per week with Brisbane. V Australia will operate three Sydney – Abu Dhabi services per week from next February and three Brisbane – Abu Dhabi services per week by February 2012, using its new fleet of three-class Boeing 777-300ER, becoming the first Australian carrier to be seen in the Middle East since 1991. www.virginblue.com.au www.etihadairways.com
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