Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will upgrade its Singapore-Abu Dhabi flights to a Boeing 787-9 from August 1 2015.
Taking the place of the current Airbus A330, the Dreamliner introduces Etihad first class to Changi Airport: in fact, eight of Etihad’s brand new first class suites, complete with a chilled mini-bar and the option of adjoining seats or total privacy...
... which Brisbane residents can also enjoy from June 1 when its own flights are upgraded to the Dreamliner.
Also aboard, the new Business Studio business class cabin, which provides all of its 28 passengers with direct access to the aircraft aisle and a fully-flat bed that's perfect for an overnight flight...
... and in economy, you'll find 199 comfortable smart seats with a 'fixed wing' headrest to maximise your space without ending up on your seatmate's shoulder.
The daily EY473 service will also be re-timed to depart Singapore at 8:10pm to reach Abu Dhabi at 11:45pm on the same evening.
On the return leg as EY470, travellers will be wheels-up from Abu Dhabi at 10pm to arrive into Singapore at 10:15am the next morning.
Closer to home, Etihad will bring its flagship A380 to Sydney from June 1, with Melbourne-Abu Dhabi to get its own superjumbo service at a later date.
Perth is also earmarked for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2016 or 2017, but a firm date hasn't been locked in.
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