Etihad: double daily Melbourne flights

By David Flynn, December 22 2014
Etihad: double daily Melbourne flights

Etihad Airways will add a second daily flight between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi from 1 August 2015 as the Gulf airline continues to build its presence in Australia against neighbour, competitor and Qantas partner Emirates.

The new flight will depart Melbourne at 3pm as EY463, arriving into Abu Dhabi at 11.05pm; the return leg EY462 departs Abu Dhabi at 10.30am to reach Melbourne at 6.05am the next day

The schedule is designed to complement Etihad's current daily EY460/461 service, which leaves Melbourne at 10.40pm.

Both of Etihad's Melbourne flights will run on a Boeing 777-300ER jet with first, business and economy class.

2015 will also see the opening of a new Etihad lounge at Melbourne Airport's international terminal.

Read our review of Etihad's Sydney lounge to see what's in store

From 1 July 2015 Etihad will also fly its new flagship Airbus A380 superjumbo to Sydney and the advanced Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Brisbane.

"We commenced flights to Melbourne in 2009 and it has since become one of the strongest routes on our network" said Etihad Airways President James Hogan, who added that "together with Virgin Australia and our other partner airlines, we have built a large and loyal customer base."

“The new schedule will offer our guests a choice of two convenient departure times and seamless connectivity over Abu Dhabi to the Etihad Airways and Etihad Partners’ global networks."

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.


09 Nov 2011

Total posts 30

In a word, AWESOME!!!

I fell in love with EY First class this year, but seats are so hard to get on EY due to high loads. Have used points for next years holiday, but had to go through SYD to get a seat.

04 Nov 2012

Total posts 217

Are these flights bookable right now?.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

26 Feb 2013

Total posts 2

yes, they are

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2012

Total posts 179

Brilliant, I much prefer a Day flight rather than the later evening flight.

12 Jun 2013

Total posts 738

Darn, I was hoping for an A380. Or an A330. Or an A340.

Or anything that isn't a fricking ten-abreast 777, because I'm not an anorexic amputee.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1248

Is it only Sydney that presently gets the A345/A346 on certain days?


25 Aug 2014

Total posts 42

Yes 10 abreast economy 777 should be banned.....not pleasant travel experience. maybe for short hop across the Tasman or something but for a 14 hr flight I don't think so. 

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