UPDATE: July 16, 2014
Etihad Airways has touched down in Perth, linking it with Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. The flight ‘EY486’ arrived around twenty minutes late.
A traditional ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony was performed at the International Terminal upon disembarkation.
Etihad is the last of the ‘Big 3’ Middle-Eastern carriers to service Perth with Qatar Airways and Emirates already linking Perth with Doha and Dubai respectively.
CEO James Hogan said,
“Today’s inaugural flight creates the first commercial air link between Perth and Abu Dhabi and marks the beginning of an exciting new era of partnership between the state of Western Australia and the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi and Perth are each popular business travel and holiday destinations – attracting 2.8 million and 7.3 million visitors respectively in 2013 – and we are already seeing a strong commercial response to the new route from travellers in the UAE and Western Australia.”
Perth is the fourth destination for Etihad after Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (via Singapore).
CEO Brad Geatches also said,
“We are very excited to welcome Etihad Airways to Perth today. We have been working with the airline for some time now and it is pleasing to celebrate the arrival of the inaugural flight. We believe there is a significant opportunity to contribute to the state’s economic success by offering international tourists convenient connections to Western Australia – in 2013 alone tourism contributed $A7.7 billion to the West Australian economy through visitor spend.”
Images from the day will be uploaded soon. Watch this space.
December 13, 2013
ETIHAD Airways has confirmed the first direct commercial air bridge between the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Perth will commence from 15 July 2014.
Utilising an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 22 seats in Etihad’s Pearl Business Class cabin and 240 in Coral Economy Class, the daily flights will make Etihad the 19th international airline from Perth Airport.
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Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan said;
“The new services will build the first ever commercial air bridge between Perth and Abu Dhabi and will cater to the growing demand for travel between these two points and beyond to Africa, the Middle East and Europe” said Etihad Airways’ President and CEO James Hogan.
“Our analysis shows there is a significant business opportunity on the Perth route. Our flights are timed to offer travellers the convenience of daily departures and seamless connectivity to our global network over the Abu Dhabi hub.”
The airline will codeshare with Virgin Australia as part of their own interlined partnership and part ownership.
Earlier last month, we reported that Etihad, along with Scoot were both looking at air services to Perth. With these latest flights, Perth is getting closer to becoming the 3rd busiest international airport in Australia. The latest BITRE report for September of this year shows that Perth is only under 800,000 behind Brisbane. This time three years ago, it was over a million.