Virgin Australia partner Etihad Airways will fly Boeing 787s on its Abu Dhabi-Zurich flights from July 6 2015.
A significant step up from the route's current Airbus A330-300, the Dreamliner comes with eight of Etihad’s brand new first class suites offering guests a chilled mini-bar and the option of adjoining seats or total privacy...
... the new Business Studio business class cabin, which provides direct aisle access and a fully-flat bed to all of its 28 passengers...
... and 199 comfortable smart seats in economy, sporting a 'fixed wing' headrest to maximise your personal space on those longer flights.
The daily EY73 service departs Abu Dhabi at 2:05am to reach Zurich at 6:55am later that morning.
On the return leg as EY74, travellers are wheels-up from Zurich at 11:25am to arrive into Abu Dhabi at 7:55pm that evening.
Competitor and Qantas partner Emirates is too upgrading its Zurich flights from neighbouring Dubai, making the route all-A380 from October 1.
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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