Etihad doubles freight handling capacity to Australia
Etihad Airways has announced plans for a second daily non-stop service between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne from 1 August 2015.
The additional flight will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, add more than 4,500 seats per week to the route and doubling the airline’s freight handling capacity, providing new opportunities for trade.
The second daily non-stop flight will offer two timings and more than double the number of weekly flight connections.
Melbourne will be linked to more than 50 cities across Etihad Airways global network, including 20 double daily services to popular destinations in the Middle East and Europe such as London, Manchester, Dublin and Beirut.
In conjunction with its equity partners, Etihad Airways will offer double daily services to Rome and Milan with Alitalia, Berlin and Düsseldorf with airberlin, and Belgrade with Air Serbia.
There will also be new daily one-stop connections to destinations such as Edinburgh, Geneva, Madrid and Zurich on the Etihad Airways network, Stuttgart and Vienna operated by the Air Berlin Group, and Venice operated by Alitalia, and improved access to other key destinations such as Athens and Brussels.
James Hogan, president and chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, said: “We commenced flights to Melbourne in 2009 and it has since become one of the strongest routes on our network....significantly, we will be the only airline offering double daily non-stop flights between Melbourne and the UAE, and twice daily one-stop services to a vast network of business and leisure destinations worldwide."
He added: “Etihad Airways has close ties to Australia with significant investments in our workforce, infrastructure, tourism, and commercial partnerships across four states. Investing more resources into Victoria not only deepens this commitment but also delivers major economic benefits – particularly through Etihad Cargo, the airline’s freight operation, and its support for two-way trade.”
The new double daily schedule for Melbourne increases to 42 the total number of flights the airline operates between its four Australian gateways and its Abu Dhabi hub in conjunction with partner airline Virgin Australia. This includes double daily flights to Sydney and daily services to Brisbane and Perth.