Virgin Blue confirmed (27-Feb-2011) the launch of Sydney-Abu Dhabi services in partnership with Etihad Airways. V Australia's service is the first Australian carrier to operate to the Middle East in 20 years. As part of their alliance, the two airlines will offer 27 weekly services between Abu Dhabi and Australia, including twice daily Sydney-Abu Dhabi service, daily Melbourne-Abu Dhabi service and six times weekly Brisbane-Abu Dhabi service. V Australia will operate three weekly services from both Sydney and Brisbane using three-class B777-300ER equipment. [more]
V Australia's first flight arrives in Abu Dhabi
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