Etihad’s first A380 flight to Melbourne touches down

written by australianaviation.com.au | June 2, 2016
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EY460 taxis to the gate. (Seth Jaworski)

Etihad Airways has deployed the Airbus A380 on the Melbourne route, with the Gulf airline’s first service operated by the 496-seat flagship touching down in Australia’s second largest city on Thursday evening.

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad will now operate the A380 on one of its twice daily flights to Melbourne, replacing a 777-300ER on its EY460-EY461 rotation.

The inaugural A380-operated EY460 touched down in Melbourne at 5:42pm on Thursday, with the reciprocal EY461 to Abu Dhabi due to depart at 10:15.

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With Melbourne coming online as an A380 port, Australia becomes the only country in the Etihad network with daily A380 services to two cities – Melbourne and Sydney.

“Our Abu Dhabi to Melbourne services generate very high seat load factors year-round,” Etihad Airways senior vice president of marketing, Shane O’Hare, said in a statement.

“The A380, with 70 seats in business class, enables us to better meet the demand we have for our premium cabins and will boost our market share of this important segment.”

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EY460 arrives at the gate. (Seth Jaworski)
Etihad’s Abu Dhabi-Melbourne schedule, effective June 1 2016

Flight No.

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Origin

Destination

Departs

Arrives

Aircraft

Frequency

EY462

Abu Dhabi

Melbourne

10:40

06:10+1

777-300ER

Daily

EY463

Melbourne

Abu Dhabi

14:55

23:10

777-300ER

Daily

EY460

Abu Dhabi

Melbourne

22:15

17:45+1

A380

Daily

EY461

Melbourne

Abu Dhabi

22:10

06:25+1

A380

Daily

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2 Comments

  • Oskar C

    says:

    Isn’t it 2 daily flights not 3?

    • australianaviation.com.au

      says:

      Sorry, yes, the story has been corrected

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