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.

Chinese Horoscope for Pigs for 2007

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year represented by an animal. 2007, then, is the Year of the Pig (or the Boar, for you delicate types).

Pig years are 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and now, 2007. For Pigs, 2007 is especially auspicious, so enjoy. Pig's convivial, amiable and caring nature reaps just rewards in your special year. Your popularity will also shine and your appreciation of the 'good life' will remain boundless. But be warned: Pigs can enjoy life so well they can get porky, so don't neglect exercise! It's a time of good opportunity, so follow your shrewd, tenacious instincts and go for it. With good fortune smiling in tandem with hard work, commitment and your natural personal skills, you may well be pleasantly surprised by the success of an enterprising project, or promotion prospects. Just be wary of over-committing to too many things at the same time, and keep an eye on finances, as spending sometimes comes too easily to you. At home, partnerships are similarly well aspected, with loved ones supporting your dreams and aspirations.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board, who provide the annual predictions, stress that these horoscopes are intended for reference or entertainment only, and that the HKTB (and me!) accepts no liability for errors or omissions. And I, for one, heartily agree: I look forward to the annual forecast, but treat it as a bit of fun, so enjoy it for what it is.