Etihad to operate A380 flights to Sydney

Etihad Airways has yet to take delivery of any of the ten A380s it has on order, but that hasn’t stopped the airline from revealing its superjumbo schedules.

A fortnight ago we revealed that Abu Dhabi national carrier intends to operate double-daily A380 flights into London Heathow next year (see news, August 14). Etihad today announced this will be increased to three-times daily.

And now comes the news that it will fly the superjumbo to Sydney.

Although details have not officially been made available here in the UK, Business Traveller can confirm that Etihad’s A380 Sydney service is set to commence on June 1, 2015.

It will be a daily operation — the plan is for the same A380 to operate right through from London Heathrow to Sydney with an enroute stopover in Abu Dhabi.

Such a through A380 service from London to Sydney will prove a hit with business travellers, as Emirates and Singapore Airlines have found.

It’s nothing new for an indirect carrier to have same plane A380 service to Australia — this is something that Emirates and Singapore Airlines started in the early days of A380 operations, although, to circumvent regulatory requirements, two flight numbers may have to be used.

Etihad’s A380s along with its new B787 Dreamliners will feature the carrier’s new corporate livery, which contrasts with the current “government-inspired” version.

So far, rival carrier Qatar Airways has not revealed any plans to introduce flights to Sydney. The Doha-based airline will remain in Melbourne for the time being.

Alex McWhirter

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  • It would be good to remind the readers why QR’s A380’s were delayed and why Etihad’s ones appeared not to suffer the same issues??

  • I fly the Emirates A380 three times a year to Sydney and enjoy the business and first class offerings over the current Etihad one which I only tried once. I will look again at Etihad depending on how they configure business and first.


    Hello superchris,

    Apologies if you felt certain facts should have been included. May I explain that this news item was written in haste as Business Traveller wanted to bring our readers the story in advance of other UK media outlets.

    I did not refer to Qatar Airways’ A380 as this airline has not, at the time of writing, announced any plans to bring the super jumbo into Melbourne. The main thrust of the article concerned Etihad and its plans to operate the A380 between London and Sydney via Abu Dhabi.

    Airbus has yet to deliver the first A380 to Etihad. The carrier plans to make London its first A380 destination this coming December.

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