Abu Dhabi (UAE) based Etihad Airways launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Brisbane via Singapore in early February. The service uses Airbus A330-200 aircraft in a two class configuration with 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 seats in Coral Economy Class.
On-board features include fully flat beds and 15-inch IFE systems in business class. Etihad passengers also have access to Air New Zealand’s lounge at Brisbane’s airport.
Etihad has a codesharing agreement with Virgin Australia, which gives the passengers of the service access to Virgin’s extensive Australian network including the smaller Queensland airports for the Whitsunday Coast, Hamilton Island, Townsville and Cairns, the most popular destination for trips to the Great Barrier Reef.
Brisbane is the capital and main gateway into the northeastern Australian state of Queensland and offers easy access to a number of major attractions including the Australia Zoo, the Gold Coast and The Great Sunshine Way touring route.
Award-winning Etihad, one of the three major Gulf carriers, flies to three Australian cities – Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The airline offers complimentary pickups and drop-offs (chauffeur service) for its premium passengers in all three cities. Etihad offers flights from Chicago and New York’s JFK to Abu Dhabi.
Etihad launched thrice-weekly flights on the Abu Dhabi-Singapore-Brisbane route in September 2007; the new daily service adds an extra 1,048 seats a week to the route.
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