Via Gulf Business, it appears as if Etihad will launch A380 service to Australia in late 2014:
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced a major revamp of its Australian operations including new aircraft, new routes, additional flights and new airport facilities.
As part of the overhaul, the airline plans to introduce the jumbo Airbus A380 aircraft on its Sydney and Melbourne routes and launch nonstop flights between Perth and Abu Dhabi.
The market between Australia and the UAE sure is heating up, between the Emirates/Qantas alliance and the Etihad/Virgin Australia alliance.
Very curious to see what Etihad’s A380s look like when they’re unveiled — it wouldn’t surprise me if they give Emirates a run for their money.