Abu Dhabi Sydney flight by Virgin Australia

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 20:46 by Aviation Correspondent

Virgin Australia has launched its inaugural flight to Abu Dhabi from Sydney, Australia.

There is a little historical significance associated with this flight – this being the first Australian flight in 20 years to travel to the Middle East. The Virgin Australia flight VA29 from Sydney to Abu Dhabi is the first joint venture by the Australian airlines and Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi.

The service will be offering three flights each week on the route. Etihad and V Australia will combine to provide 27 weekly flights between Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) and Abu Dhabi, with connections offered thereafter through Etihad.

Flight VA29 from Sydney will depart at 4.05 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The return flight VA30 from Abu Dhabi will leave at 10.45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Virgin Australia will use Boeing 777-300ERs on this route with international business, premium economy and economy class.

From now on, travelers from Australia will be able to fly to more than 14 destinations in Europe and the United Kingdom with a quick one-stop service, the Australian carrier announced.

The inaugural flight on February 24, 2011 had the Virgin Australia CEO cum MD joined by the Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Etihad CEO along with other distinguished guests. The flight will be much awaited by Etihad Airways and the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Etihad claims that already the signs are looking good after the launch of the new service, with numerous advance bookings and linking to other global destinations.
Both Virgin Australia and Etihad complement and regard each other. Etihad currently operates more than 15% of its global services to Australia. By early 2012 Virgin Australia will inaugurate thrice weekly flights from Brisbane to Abu Dhabi.

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