In news today, Etihad Airways announced that it will be adding a further 3 flights per week to Sydney, commencing February 6th, 2017. These additions will replace the services currently flown by Virgin Australia.
Etihad will keep the existing schedule and aircraft types on the route:
- EY454/455 A380
- EY450/451 B777
This move increases Etihad's footprint within Australia to 45 flights per week, and in a sign that Etihad won't be slowing down, the airlines CEO, Peter Baumgartner, said "Australia is a critical part of our network, and we will continue to add capacity in order to meet the growing two-way demand for business and leisure travellers". A sure sign of more to come!
This move allows it's codeshare partner, Virgin Australia, to return it's B777's to the MEL-LAX route, which it abandoned in October 2014. The services to Los Angeles will commence in April 2017 and strengthens the competition between United Airlines and Qantas who's duopoly currently dominates this route.