Etihad Airways will temporarily resume flights between Sydney and London over the next few weeks, with a weekly Boeing 777 taking passengers all the way from the Harbour City to Heathrow, or vice versa.
Travellers will get to know that aircraft exceptionally well, as they'll remain on board for the entire 24+ hour journey – including the stopover at Abu Dhabi.
This is how Etihad will work around the United Arab Emirates' continued ban on transit passengers, which doesn't allow passengers to step off one flight in order to board another.
In other words: you'll board the Boeing 777-300ER in Sydney and settle into your seat for a marathon trek.
That's good enough reason to be in one of the lie-flat business class seats, even if they're not the latest design featured on Etihad's Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 fleet (and this being a two-class Boeing 777, there's only business and economy on offer).
This unique 'seamless transit' arrangement is the same which Etihad has in place for its Melbourne-London flights, which began on May 15.
Etihad's temporary Sydney-London schedule
Etihad's Sydney-Abu Dhabi flight EY455 departs Sydney each Wednesday on May 27, June 3 and June 10 at 9pm, reaching Abu Dhabi at 5.50am the next morning.
You'll stay on board while the aircraft refuels, crews are changed and new catering is brought on board, then the flight – now rebranded as EY19 – will lift off at 7.15am and touch down at London's Heathrow Airport at 11.50am.
Note that Etihad is now using Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport, as its normal T4 home is temprarily closed.
Heading from Blighty to Bondi? The London-Abu Dhabi flight EY20 runs each Thursday, leaving London at 1.20pm so you'll get to Abu Dhabi at 11.55pm.
After a short time taking in scenic views of the airport and arrivals gate from the comfort of your seat, the Boeing 777 – now tagged as EY454 – will be wheels up at 12.45am, and you'll be in Sydney by 8.40pm.
Leaving Australia? You may need special exemption
Travellers will still be subject to any entry and exit restrictions imposed by both Australia and the United Kingdom.
As reported earlier this week, the Australian Border Force has granted close to 3,000 exemptions in the first six weeks of the ban, with almost 75% approved for travel on humanitarian grounds or for compassionate reasons, 514 greenlit for "urgent and unavoidable personal business" and 189 travellers cleared to fly for business reasons.
Similarly, all international passengers arriving into Australia are required to complete 14 days of quarantine in government-provided accommodation before being allowed to return home.
On board, Etihad Airways "recommends" that passengers wear masks and aims to ensure that travellers "are seated with as much space as possible between every guest".
Additional reporting by Chris Chamberlin