Etihad Airways will begin non-stop flights to Sydney, Australia on 26 March, 2007 from Abu Dhabi.
The new three times a week service will be flown by a three-class Airbus A340-500 aircraft. Flight frequency will increase to a daily operation from 29 June.
Etihad Airways Chief Executive, James Hogan, said: “I am very optimistic that the new Sydney service will boost the development of commerce and tourism between Australia and the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. “
“As well as direct traffic between these two great cities, we are aiming to attract connecting passengers from throughout the Middle East and from Europe, who are looking to travel via Abu Dhabi to Sydney for business and holidays.”
Etihad’s Sydney route will also provide Australian business and leisure travellers with easy access to the Middle East region, as well as key international cities across Europe, with swift connections through Abu Dhabi to a choice of 47 destinations currently served by the airline.
The Ambassador of Australia to the UAE, Jeremy Bruer, said: “I am delighted that Etihad has shown a huge vote of confidence in Australia by starting flights to and from Abu Dhabi. Australian travellers can now enjoy direct access to one of the most important locations in the Middle East on one of the world’s most exciting new airlines. “
Sydney will be Etihad Airways’ fifth destination in the Asia-Pacific region, joining Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta.
From 26 March, Etihad flight EY450 will initially operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday departing Abu Dhabi International Airport at 10.10hrs, arriving Sydney International Airport 06.15hrs the following day. The return service EY451 departs Sydney each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 15.20hrs, arriving Abu Dhabi 00.10hrs. All times are local.
The Airbus A340-500 aircraft serving the route will be configured in three classes of travel; 12 in Diamond, 28 in Pearl and 200 in Coral.
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