October 4, 2013
SOURCES in the city of Abu Dhabi rumoured speculation of a direct and daily Abu Dhabi – Perth service from Etihad Airways from which passengers can connect to 16 destinations in Europe and 3 in the United States.
The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates has made no official comment but the notice is expected to go out in time for Virgin Australia’s recent alliance with the airline. The airline is looking at a 1:40pm arrival and a 3:50pm departure and will be the third Middle-eastern carrier to serve Perth, the second only to Melbourne.
Emirates, which started services to Perth in 2002, now has three flight times a day, and Qatar Airways, which launched flights last year, operates a daily service.
IN Asia, the low-cost offshoot of Singapore Airlines, Scoot, is expected to launch services to Perth from Singapore in late-December but again, no official word just speculation from airline slots. They are aiming for a five-weekly operation with late-afternoon departure which will be in time for the peak period summer months of December to February.
A sixth Boeing 777 which will be operated on the route has just been received. Scoot launched in June 2011 on the Singapore-Sydney route and now has a second Australian destination, the Gold Coast. Scoot will launch Hong Kong flights later this year.