Etihad Airways have commenced daily A380 services between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne today.
The flagship superjumbo will operate flights EY460/461, one of the airline’s twice daily Abu Dhabi-Melbourne services replacing one of the three-class Boeing 777-300ER.
The new A380 will increase the total number of two-way seats on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route by 26 per cent to more than 11,500 seats per week.
Within Australia and to New Zealand, Etihad Airways codeshares on Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand flights from Melbourne to Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Christchurch, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Kalgoorlie, Launceston, Mildura, Newcastle, Perth, Queenstown, Sunshine Coast, Sydney, and Wellington.
Daily flight schedule between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne: Flgt no.
Org Dest Dep Arr Aircraft Freq EY460 Abu Dhabi Melbourne 1 A380 Daily EY461 Melbourne Abu Dhabi 1 A380 Daily EY462 Abu Dhabi Melbourne 1 B777 Daily EY463 Melbourne Abu Dhabi B777 Daily Etihad’s A380 features The Residence, nine first class seats, 70 business class seats and 417 economy seats.
The Residence consists of a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite shower room.
It is the only three-room suite on a commercial airline, designed for two people travelling together.
The living room has a leather double-seat sofa, two dining tables and a 32-inch flat-screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets.
In the bedroom there is a 6-foot 10-inch double bed, and a 27-inch flat-screen TV.
Shower room is equipped with full-height shower, luxury amenities and bathrobes, magnifying make-up mirror and hairdryer.
Passengers flying The Residence have their personal butler and chef to take care of their needs.