Etihad Airways is to increase flights between
Brisbane and Abu Dhabi from three times a week to a daily service
from 1 February 2013.
This will bring to 28 the total number of
flights Etihad Airways operates between Australia and Abu Dhabi,
together with partner airline Virgin Australia.
The additional four services will continue to
operate via Singapore in both directions and provide a new daily
link between the city pairs.
James Hogan, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways, said the increase
in frequency was a game-changing move for the airline on the Abu
“Going daily to Brisbane and Singapore puts
Etihad Airways in a stronger competitive position and will
increase the airline’s brand footprint exponentially in these
markets,” Mr. Hogan said. “Adding
an extra 1048 seats per week to the route underscores the
strategic importance of Singapore to our business and allows us to
offer the corporate and leisure travel market a more appealing
proposition: more flights, more convenience, improved connections
and a wider choice of destinations in Europe, the Middle East,
Gulf Cooperation Countries, and on the Virgin Australia domestic
Airways commenced thrice weekly flights to Brisbane in October
2007. The Queensland capital was the airline’s second destination
in Australia and the 43rd in its global network. Flights to
Singapore commenced in September the same year.
operates an Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the Abu
Dhabi-Singapore-Brisbane route. The aircraft is configured in two classes with 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 seats in
Coral Economy Class.
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