Published on March 31st, 2009 | by john.weir0
Etihad launches new route to Melbourne from the UK
Etihad Airways, the award winning national airline of the UAE, launched daily services to Melbourne on Sunday 29 March 2009. Services will operate from London Heathrow and Manchester airports, with connections to the Australian city through the airlineâ€™s home base in Abu Dhabi.Â
Melbourne, which has a population of nearly four million people and is the capital of the Australian state of Victoria, will become the third destination in the country to be served by Etihad. Etihad Airways will operate a three cabin Airbus A340-600 to Melbourne. It is configured to carry 286 passengers, with 12 in first class, 30 in business class and 244 in economy class.
Melbourne follows the introduction of highly successful Sydney and Brisbane route launches in 2007 by Etihad. Within its first year of Australian operations, the airline tripled flights to and from Australia and carried more than 100,000 passengers.