Etihad Airways to launch A380 on Abu Dhabi-Melbourne daily services in 2016

Etihad Airways is set to begin daily A380 services between Abu Dhabi and Melbourne as of June 1, 2016.

The flagship superjumbo will operate flights EY460/461, one of the airline’s twice daily Abu Dhabi-Melbourne services. It will replace one of the three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently deployed on the route.

It will also bring to Melbourne, The Residence by Etihad, the airline’s luxurious private three-room suite in the sky.

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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.

President and CEO, Etihad Airways, James Hogan said: “From June next year, guests on our Abu Dhabi-Melbourne A380 flights will discover what travellers the world over are talking about – the superior level of luxury, comfort, service, and inflight technology that is redefining luxury air travel and transforming the flying experience.”

He added: “What’s more, the A380 service from Melbourne will connect seamlessly in Abu Dhabi to the A380 to London, offering our London-bound guests the convenience and class-leading comfort of an all-A380 service all the way.”

Meanwhile, the carrier has a new strategic partnership with Adobe. The partnership will see the roll-out of a range of world-class cloud solutions across Etihad Airways businesses and Etihad Airways Partners.

With Adobe Marketing Cloud and Creative Cloud, the airline group and its partners are empowered to create a secure, cost effective and remarkable digital guest experience. Additionally, the technology will enhance the airline’s digital marketing capabilities to provide tailored and personalised services across the globe.