Etihad Airways to Introduce Abu Dhabi – Perth Service

Etihad Airways to Introduce Abu Dhabi – Perth Service

Etihad Airways today outlined a range of major changes to its Australian operations, including new aircraft, a new route to Perth, additional flights and new airport facilities.

Speaking in Sydney at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, James Hogan, President and Chief Executive, said Australia was a key and long-term market for the airline and one for which there were exciting growth plans. These include:

·         Airbus A380 aircraft from Sydney and Melbourne to Abu Dhabi

·         Construction of premium lounges at Sydney and Melbourne Airports from 2014

·         Additional flights from Melbourne and Brisbane to Abu Dhabi

·         Commencement of nonstop flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi

He also reaffirmed that Etihad Airways was already moving to increase its equity in Virgin Australia, following recent approval by the Foreign Investment Review Board to increase from a 10% shareholding to 19.9%. 

“Virgin Australia is a key member of our ever-expanding airline equity alliance, and Etihad Airways is an active and long-term investor in Virgin,” Mr Hogan said. “We have a significant presence in Australia, with 28 weekly departures, annual expenditure of over $100 million, direct employment of 106 staff and engagement of 415 local contractors,” he said.

“The Virgin Australia partnership enables us to connect with 45 destinations in Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia, while we reciprocate by providing connections via our Abu Dhabi hub to a wide range of destinations in Europe, UK, Ireland and Africa.”

Hogan also highlighted the contribution of codeshare partners such as Air France, KLM, Alitalia and Air Serbia to strengthening Etihad Airways’ position between Australia and Europe.

“Together with our partners, we have a continuous wave of flights coming down from Europe over our global hub in Abu Dhabi with connections to a significant network of destinations,” he said.  

He said that the Etihad Airways equity alliance – an alternative to legacy airline alliances – now had five members, following a deal last week to invest in Serbia’s national airline.

Etihad Airways also is awaiting regulatory approval for investment in a sixth airline, India’s Jet Airways, which gives the equity alliance a combined total of more than 420 destinations, 500 aircraft and more than 96 million passengers each year.

While in Sydney, Hogan will also host a VIP event at Sydney Opera House to celebrate Etihad Airways’ 10th anniversary and its sixth year of flying to Australia. The airline is a major partner of Sydney Opera House having signed a three-year agreement with the iconic World Heritage-listed performing arts centre in January this year.




Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

More in News

Job Opportunities

Cassidy Travel to Appoint Business Development Manager

Neil SteedmanMarch 22, 2018
Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International New Global Island Collection

Michael FloodMarch 22, 2018
Air France Hop!

Air France Extends Cork-Paris CDG Service to Year-Round Service

Neil SteedmanMarch 22, 2018
Irish Ferries Drayton Manor Theme Park

Irish Ferries Unveils Drayton Manor Theme Park Package

Neil SteedmanMarch 22, 2018
View of Trinidad, Cuba, taken from a Bell Tower

Lainey’s Adventures: Touring Trinidad in Cuba

Neil SteedmanMarch 22, 2018
Clubs to Hire

Clubs to Hire Founder Warns Popular Golf Destinations of Over-Pricing

Neil SteedmanMarch 22, 2018
Gibraltar Skywalk Opening

‘Luke Skywalker’ Opens Skywalk in Gibraltar

Neil SteedmanMarch 22, 2018
B737 Max 8

Air Canada Switches to Premium Economy on B737 MAX 8

Michael FloodMarch 20, 2018
Commission for Aviation Regulation

CAR Publishes Advice to Department on Package Travel Directive

Neil SteedmanMarch 20, 2018

Copyright © 2016 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland