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.
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.