• Etihad's Sydney swap: Boeing 777 replaces Airbus A380 from July 2019

    Etihad Airways will extend the downgrading of one of its two daily Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 777-300ER on an ongoing basis from July 2019. The Gulf airline and Virgin Australia partner had previously announced that flight EY451 – which departs Sydney at 3pm for a midnight arriva...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2019 20 Comments

  • Etihad's Sydney swap: Airbus A380 replaced by Boeing 777 to mid-2019

    Etihad Airways will downgrade one of its two daily Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 777-300ER from October 2018 to late May 2019, except for an eight-week window over the peak summer season. Flight EY451 – which departs Sydney at 3pm for a midnight arrival into Abu Dhabi – and th...

    POSTED 2 Aug, 2018 25 Comments

  • Etihad axes first class on Melbourne-Abu Dhabi flights

    Etihad Airways is pulling the plug on first class flights from Melbourne as the Virgin Australia partner moves both of its daily flights to a two-class Boeing 787-9. The Gulf airline's latest schedule reveals that the Boeing 777-300ER which currently flies as EY460/EY461 and includes eight ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2018 37 Comments

  • Etihad now offers paid entry to its Abu Dhabi first class lounge

    Etihad has opened the doors of its flagship Abu Dhabi first class lounge to any passenger with US$200 (A$266) to spare, or just US$100 (A$133) if you hold Etihad Guest Gold membership and are travelling in business class. The Gulf airline's move follows its decision earlier this year to allow pa...

    POSTED 2 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Etihad Airways axes first class on Brisbane-Abu Dhabi flights

    EXCLUSIVE | Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will withdraw its first class service on flights between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi by the year’s end. From December 1, the airline will swap its current three-class Boeing 787-9 – fitted with first class (pictured) in addition to busin...

    POSTED 3 Nov, 2016 14 Comments

  • Etihad Airways goes double-daily on Sydney-Abu Dhabi route

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will boost its Sydney-Abu Dhabi flights to double-daily from next year, up from 11 flights per week at present. As of February 6 2017, flight EY451 from Sydney takes wing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, complementing existing flights on Mondays, Wedn...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 2 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to begin Perth-Abu Dhabi flights

    Well that didn't last very long... Virgin Australia has announced it will not go ahead with the mid-year launch of its Perth-Abu Dhabi flights, saying "subsequent changes in market conditions have made the route no longer viable." More details here: Virgin Australia axes Perth-Abu...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2016 38 Comments

  • UAE tightens ban on VPNs with jail time, fines of up to A$725,000

    Travellers caught using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the broader United Arab Emirates could face fines of up to A$725,000 or even jail time under hardened laws introduced this month. Popular with business travellers, VPNs allow secure remote access to corporate network...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 61 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to increase business class fares from September

    Virgin Australia expects to offer its new business class seats on all flights to Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi by September, but travellers will be asked to shell out slightly higher fares to fly at the pointy end. Virgin’s upgraded Boeing 777-300ER jets boasting the new business class and pre...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 21 Comments

  • Virgin Australia Platinum flyers get Etihad first class lounge access

    Virgin Australia’s Velocity Platinum frequent flyers can now unwind in Etihad Airways’ stunning new first class lounge in Abu Dhabi prior to flights with both Etihad and Virgin Australia. That’s where you’ll find an à la carte restaurant serving a range of Arabian,...

    POSTED 14 Jul, 2016 7 Comments

  • Marriott plans nine new hotels for Dubai, Abu Dhabi

    IN BRIEF | The United Arab Emirates is gearing up for an influx of Marriott-chain hotels over the coming years, including the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai by the end of 2016. With 298 rooms, the property targets both discovery-orientated business travellers and “curious leisure tra...

    POSTED 27 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • The best local SIM card for travellers to Dubai, Abu Dhabi

    With daily flights from major Australian cities on both Qantas partner Emirates to Dubai and Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is a popular destination for Australian travellers – but current roaming charges from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone make calls and tests incredibl...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2016 3 Comments

  • Etihad opens new Abu Dhabi business, first class Premium Lounge

    Etihad Airways’ business class and first class passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi can now unwind in a new Premium Lounge in Terminal 1. With seats for 134 guests, the lounge’s modern design takes its cues from the airline’s larger and also recently-revamped Premium Loung...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2015 5 Comments

  • Etihad kicks off Abu Dhabi-Edinburgh flights

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways now flies daily between Abu Dhabi and Edinburgh, becoming the first and only airline to offer Sydneysiders a one-stop service to the Scottish capital. Timed to connect perfectly with flight EY451 from Sydney and EY454 on the return, the Etihad’s Edin...

    POSTED 12 Jun, 2015 6 Comments

  • Etihad Boeing 787 goes non-stop on Brisbane-Abu Dhabi flights

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways today begins flying its new Boeing 787-9 between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi, dropping the route's previous Singapore stopover to become a time-saving non-stop service. Rounding out the trifecta, the Dreamliner also brings first class to the Sunshine State &nda...

    POSTED 2 Jun, 2015 15 Comments

  • Photos: building Abu Dhabi Airport's new Midfield Terminal

    If you've flown through Abu Dhabi lately with Virgin Australia or Etihad, you may have spotted the airport's Midfield Terminal Building starting to take shape. Taking the reins as Etihad's future home when it opens in Q3 2017, the new terminal will handle up to 30 million passengers each year, ...

    POSTED 14 May, 2015 11 Comments

  • Etihad to fly Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Singapore-Abu Dhabi route

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will upgrade its Singapore-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 787-9 from August 1 2015. Taking the place of the current Airbus A330, the Dreamliner introduces Etihad first class to Changi Airport: in fact, eight of Etihad’s brand new first class suites, c...

    POSTED 8 May, 2015 3 Comments

  • Reader poll: what

    READER POLL | Yesterday's 'Talking Point' story raised the question of how AusBT readers choose to fly from Australia to London, the UK or Europe, and it was fascinating to see – by way of comments on the article – how strongly each airline's anointed stopover city worked its way...

    POSTED 17 Mar, 2015 31 Comments

  • Plaza Premium to open new airport lounges at Singapore, Heathrow

    Plaza Premium has several new lounges on its slate for 2015, with a strong focus on arrivals lounges where inbound business travellers can rest up before heading into the city to start their day. The Hong Kong-based company will open a new lounge at Singapore's Changi Airport Terminal 1 "in the ...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2015 2 Comments

  • Vodafone suspends data roaming in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE

    Vodafone Australia customers will no longer be able to use smartphone data roaming in the United Arab Emirates from January 1, 2015, leaving many travellers disconnected in the popular destinations and stop-over cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Although voice and text messaging services will still...

    POSTED 29 Dec, 2014 0 Comments

  • Al Reem lounge in Abu Dhabi reopens for Virgin Australia Velocity members

    Update: Australian Business Traveller has recently reviewed this lounge – read our full review here. Following extensive renovations to the Al Reem lounge in Abu Dhabi International Airport, Virgin Australia Velocity members are now welcome to return. Spanning three storeys of Terminal 1 ...

    POSTED 4 Nov, 2014 4 Comments

  • Etihad Arrivals Lounge opens at Abu Dhabi

    Etihad Airways has opened its new Arrivals Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport, providing the airline's premium travellers with a premium pit-stop between getting off the plane and heading off to a pitch meeting. That stopover not only includes the option of a shower to freshen u...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2014 2 Comments

  • Etihad: new first class, business & arrival lounges for Abu Dhabi

    Etihad Airways will open three new lounges at Abu Dhabi International Airport over the coming months, including a new first class lounge and an arrivals lounge, and also unveil a new design concept for its forthcoming lounges at Los Angeles and New York. First up will be the new business class l...

    POSTED 21 May, 2014 1 Comment

  • Etihad offers 'Meet and Greet' service at Abu Dhabi

    Etihad Airways is now offering a 'meet and greet' service for travellers arriving at Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airways flights. The paid service can be booked up to 48 hours before travel and is designed to streamline passage through Abu Dhabi immigration and customs. For US$38 the Silver Packag...

    POSTED 4 Jun, 2013 2 Comments

  • Etihad: Brisbane-Singapore-Abu Dhabi flights go daily from today

    Etihad is boosting its Brisbane-Singapore-Abu Dhabi flights to a daily schedule, adding extra options for Virgin Australia frequent flyers heading from Queensland to Singapore or connecting onward via Abu Dhabi. Etihad's Brisbane flights all use an Airbus A330-200 plane, offering 22 of its popul...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2013 1 Comment

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