The morning departure from Abu Dhabi, flight no. EY450, and the afternoon departure from Sydney, flight no. EY451, will increase from four to seven flights per week.
Expanding the codeshare agreement, Etihad Airways will add its "EY" code to Virgin Australia’s new three weekly Perth-to-Abu Dhabi flights.
The combined impact of the additional Sydney capacity and new codeshare with Virgin Australia is an increase in the United Arab Emirates flag carrier’s Australian footprint from a total of 42 to 45 weekly flights.
To maintain schedule continuity, Etihad Airways will operate its three new weekly Sydney services at the same timings as Virgin Australia’s current Sydney-to-Abu Dhabi flights, on which Etihad Airways has placed its EY code since they began in February 2011.