United Arab Emirates carrier Etihad Airways is boosting its Brisbane flights to a daily service between Brisbane and Abu Dhabi starting 1 February 2013.
Currently operating three times weekly to Brisbane, the increase in flights will take the carrier to a total of 28 flights into Australia, further enhancing its network with Virgin Australia.
Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer James Hogan said the game changing move puts the airline in a stronger position in the Australian market.
Mr Hogan stated the convenience offered to corporate and leisure travellers with the additional services is a more appealing proposition with improved connections and a wider choice of destinations in Europe, the Middle East, Gulf Cooperation Countries, and on the Virgin Australia domestic network.
“These extra flights to Brisbane and Singapore underscore the strategic importance of Australia and the Asia Pacific region and the contribution each makes to the airline’s goal of sustainable profitability.”
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman welcomed the airline’s additional services that will boost Queensland’s tourism industry, opening up opportunities for international travellers to see the many wonderful tourist attractions Queensland has to offer.
“This will see thousands of extra people a year coming into Queensland, injecting millions of dollars into our economy and resulting in more jobs being created,” Mr Newman said.
The additional services will continue to operate via Singapore in both directions on an Airbus A300-200 aircraft, configured in two classes with 22 seats in Pearl Business Class and 240 seats in Coral Economy Class.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W