Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will upgrade all of its Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to the flagship Airbus A380 from October 29 2017, providing a double-daily superjumbo service to Australia’s business capital.
With a daily A380 already serving on Etihad’s overnight flights (EY454/455), the daytime EY450/451 services will see significant upgrades to the first class and business class experience over the current Boeing 777-300ER.
In first class: nine spacious ‘Apartments’ with a separate chair and bed plus an inflight shower...
... and in business class, the airline’s latest ‘Business Studio’ seats prove a comfy place for both working and sleeping:
Travellers in both cabins can also make use of The Lobby – Etihad’s inflight lounge area...
... while seriously cashed-up jetsetters will also find The Residence at the front of the upper deck: a private three-room suite with a separate lounge room, bedroom and private bathroom and shower:
However, Etihad Airways will end its Airbus A380 flights to Melbourne from the same date, replaced by a Boeing 777-300ER of the same type as being removed from Sydney.