Etihad Airways’ expanding network of A380 destinations takes another destination into its fold – Melbourne on June 2. Travellers can now enjoy luxurious flying experience on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi and Melbourne-London routes.
The service was previously launched in another Australian city, Sydney, making Australia the only country where two cities are covered within the A380 network.
The Residence Lounge
The A380 features The Residence, a super-deluxe private suite, and innovative cabin rooms. The Residence is a three-room private suite, the first of its type on any commercial aircraft. Measuring an area of 125 square-feet, the suite has a double bedroom, a living room, and an adjacent shower room. Located on the forward upper deck, the luxury and hospitality features of the suite include two LCD TV sets, a personal Butler, an onboard Chef, and personalized dining experience.
Besides The Residence, the A380 has nine First Apartments in First Class, 70 Business Studios, 415 Economy Smart Seats, and a luxurious lounge called The Lobby. The aircraft has full mobile and Wi-Fi service, with power points and USB ports at each seat. The hospitality services include onboard Food and Beverage Managers and Flying Nanny for families travelling with young children.
First Apartment Entertainment
The flagship A380 will operate Etihad’s one of the double daily flights between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi. The inaugural A380 flight – EY460 – left Abu Dhabi at night on June 1 and is slated to arrive at Melbourne Airport on June 2 evening.
Shane O’Hare, the Senior Vice President of Marketing of Etihad Airways, said that introducing the A380 on Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route is another milestone for Etihad Airways in Australia.
Mr O’Hare also said that people travelling to London from Melbourne would now enjoy the added bonus of an all-A380 service all the way.
A380 can carry a total of 496 passengers. The two-way flights between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi route will increase the total number of two-way seats by 26%, reducing the extra load on business and premium leisure travel.
You can book tickets for the flights to and from Melbourne via etihad.com, Etihad Airways Contact Centre, or a travel agent. Wanna book The Residence? Be prepared to spend AUS$70,900 plus applicable taxes for a round trip between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi!
Check the daily flight schedule between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi (effective from June 1, 2016):