• 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

  • House renovations: Sydney's Etihad, Virgin lounge seeks room to grow

    There's a not-quite-new lounge gracing the international terminals of Sydney and Melbourne, with the combined business and first lounges of Etihad Airways now rebranded as The House and also playing host to Virgin Australia's overseas flights. Apart from a change in signage, Sydney's The House...

    POSTED 23 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • Etihad to launch Premium Economy Space seats on A380s in December 2018

    Etihad premium 'economy space seats' on all Airbus A380s by December 2018 Pitch up to 36 inches, compared to 31 inches in regular economy Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s retrofitted with new Economy Space cabin in 2019 Etihad Airways will add 60 'Economy Space' seats to its flagship Airbus A38...

    POSTED 6 Nov, 2018 4 Comments

  • Etihad's Sydney and Melbourne lounges adopt new The House brand

    Etihad Airways' international business and first class lounges at Sydney and Melbourne airport will be taken over by independent operator No1 Lounges this month and rebranded as The House at the end of this month. The lounges will continue to host eligible Etihad passengers ahead of flights to A...

    POSTED 17 Oct, 2018 10 Comments

  • Etihad rethinks future of its airport lounges under The House brand

    Etihad Airways is expected to rebadge several of its airport lounges under a new offshoot brand known as The House, with those lounges being operated by London-based lounge provider No1. As reported yesterday, the first of these will be Etihad's business and first class lounge at London Heathrow...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 8 Comments

  • Etihad is closing its London Heathrow T4 business, first class lounge

    Etihad Airways will abandon its London Heathrow business and first class lounge as the airline continues to tighten its belt, with independent airport lounge chain No1 taking over the upscale space this month. The UK-based company also runs pay-your-way-in lounges at Heathrow Terminal 3, Ga...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 26 Comments

  • Emirates says "collaboration yes, merger no" on Etihad rumours

    Emirates is focused on organic growth and remains averse to expanding through acquisitions, an executive for the Dubai airline has said, repeating a denial that the Persian Gulf giant is in talks to take over the airline arm of unprofitable neighbour Etihad. “Sure we want to lift synergies...

    POSTED 2 Oct, 2018 3 Comments

  • Why an Emirates-Etihad merger would be the airline deal of the decade

    A combination of Dubai-based Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad would be the airline industry’s deal of the decade, if it can be pulled off. Executives at the two companies have been quietly laying plans to create what would be the world’s biggest airline by passenger traffic, acc...

    POSTED 24 Sep, 2018 8 Comments

  • Emirates seeks Etihad takeover to create world's largest airline

    Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates is looking at taking over unprofitable neighbor Etihad, according to four people familiar with the matter, in a move that would create the world’s biggest carrier by passenger traffic. The talks, which are at a preliminary stage, would see Emirates a...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 15 Comments

  • Etihad is reportedly open to joining Star Alliance

    Etihad Airways has opened the door to working with and potentially joining Star Alliance as the airline seek to re-invent its business model to include new alliances and codeshare partnerships. Etihad launched its own partner alliance scheme in 2014 with seven other airlines of which three &ndas...

    POSTED 10 Aug, 2018 16 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

  • 48 hour sale: Etihad business class return to Europe from $5,797

    Jet off in comfort and style without breaking the bank on this luxury service from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to Europe. You’ll fly Etihad’s award-winning business class service to any European port that Etihad flies to, at a date of your choosing – you just need to travel ...

    POSTED 18 Jul, 2018 0 Comments

  • The Flybuys, Etihad Guest partnership will end on July 31

    Flybuys and Etihad Guest will part ways from August following months of uncertainty for cardholders, who have been unable to convert their Flybuys points into Etihad Guest miles since December 2017 due to “technical issues”. A spokesperson for Etihad Airways confirmed the end of the ...

    POSTED 12 Jul, 2018 5 Comments

  • Etihad mulls premium economy, fewer new planes, revamped network

    Etihad Airways is looking at introducing a premium economy cabin to offer a wider variety of fares, according to airline group CEO Tony Douglas, at the same time as it scales back its global ambitions following almost US$3.5 billion in losses. This will likely include cancelling scores orders fo...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2018 6 Comments

  • Virgin Australia to use Etihad lounge for Sydney-Hong Kong flights

    With Virgin Australia's daily Sydney-Hong Kong flights taking off from July 2, the airline has finally confirmed which lounge it will be using at Sydney Airport's T1 international terminal. As widely expected, and now confirmed to by a Virgin Australia spokesperson to Australian Business Travell...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2018 18 Comments

  • Etihad Guest moves to 'demand-based' frequent flyer reward rates

    'Demand-based' pricing for Etihad Airways business class, economy awards No change to upgrade rates, first class awards New tiered reward rates take effect June 30 The Etihad Guest program is set for a shake-up which will see travellers pay more frequent flyer miles to book a seat during p...

    POSTED 31 May, 2018 5 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

  • Using Velocity frequent flyer points to book Etihad Airways flights

    A favourite option of many Velocity Frequent Flyer members is to book reward flights using points on Virgin's partner airline Etihad Airways, particularly in business and first class, including flights operated by the airline's newest Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 aircraft. While the number of poin...

    POSTED 14 May, 2018 9 Comments

  • Emirates rules out merger with Etihad

    Dubai’s Emirates Group reported a 67% jump in full-year profit and said there are no plans to merge with Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi airline that’s shrinking operations following a record loss. “Many people have reported there will be a merger,” chairman Sheikh Ahmed bi...

    POSTED 10 May, 2018 8 Comments

  • Etihad mulls Emirates tie-up rather than become a 'boutique' airline

    Etihad Airways intends to remain a major global carrier as it works on re-sizing its global business following record losses, according to new Chief Executive Officer Tony Douglas. The Persian Gulf company, which has built up a vast inter-continental route network and spent billions of dollars o...

    POSTED 1 May, 2018 10 Comments

  • Etihad to axe Perth-Abu Dhabi flights from October

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will end its Perth-Abu Dhabi flights from October 2 2018. A spokesman for Etihad Airways confirmed to Australian Business Traveller its decision to pull the plug on Perth, saying "the cancellation of the Perth route is one of several adjustments ...

    POSTED 10 Apr, 2018 24 Comments

  • Etihad downgrades Perth flights from Boeing 787 to Airbus A330

    Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways is swapping out its Boeing 787s on Perth-Abu Dhabi flights in favour of Airbus A330s from April 16, which isn't good news for business travellers. That’s because the airline’s famed Business Studio seats as offered on the Dreamliner… ...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2018 28 Comments

  • Etihad axes chauffeur drive service on reward bookings

    Etihad Airways is further winding back its complimentary chauffeur drive service to exclude tickets booked using frequent flyer points, such as from the airline’s own Etihad Guest program or partner frequent flyer schemes like Virgin Australia Velocity. Currently, these travellers – ...

    POSTED 22 Feb, 2018 20 Comments

  • Etihad bumps up frequent flyer upgrades, reward flight rates

    Etihad Guest members now need more miles to upgrade to business class and first class with Etihad Airways, and to book flights outright using miles under the latest changes to the airline’s frequent flyer scheme. However, it’s not all bad news: some upgrades remain at the previous, m...

    POSTED 5 Feb, 2018 13 Comments

  • Etihad closes first class, business class Style & Shave salons

    Etihad Airways has closed the Style & Shave salons at its flagship first class and business class airport lounges at Abu Dhabi, the latest in a series of cost-cutting measures taken by the Gulf airline which once wowed the aviation world with its indulgent A380 Residence 'flying penthouse'. ...

    POSTED 4 Feb, 2018 22 Comments

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