Monday, February 05, 2007

Australia to Abu Dhabi :: New route for Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways (, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will begin non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, Australia, on March 26, 2007, thus affording another option for overseas flights from Oz to the Middle East region, then connecting on to Europe. This gives Aussies a one-up on Canadians, as EA doesn't land here in Canada, as far as I know.

(Sydney will be Etihad Airways’ fifth destination in the Asia-Pacific region. The others are Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta).

From March 26, Etihad flight EY450 will initially operate Monday, Wednesday, Friday departing Abu Dhabi International Airport at 10:10 a.m., arriving Sydney International Airport 6:15 a.m. the following day. The return service EY451 departs Sydney each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday at 3:20 p.m., arriving Abu Dhabi 0:10 a.m. (All times are local.)

I learned of this via a press release, and mention it here as this might be an interesting way to go from Australia to tour the Emirates, then head to the U.K. before coming home via Air Canada or British Air.

I'm thinking of getting TO Sydney via South America on either LAN Chile or Air Canada. From Santiago, QANTAS flies direct to Sydney. I'm always looking to get the most destinations out of the fewest long-haul flights,and this just might do it.


BuildAWebsiteTonight said...

Hey Karen,

Thanks for this tip! And if you decide to come to Sydney, you'd better let me know first :)


Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,

I've just booked a flight from Sydney to Paris via Abu Dhabi in June 2008, so I'm a very happy little possum right now!

It was very hard to find affordable flights for the times I wanted to travel, but I persevered over several weeks and now it's booked - woohoo!

Just wanted to let you know :-)

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