Etihad’s A380 is arguably the sexiest plane in the skies, thanks to their First Apartment and The Residence, which are possibly the two best premium cabin hard products in commercial aviation.
This is an incredible use of American AAdvantage miles, given that they have very attractive redemption rates without fuel surcharges.
Anyway, it looks like Etihad has made a minor A380 schedule adjustment on their Abu Dhabi to Sydney route. I wouldn’t usually write about such a minor change, but in this case I know many of you have gone out of your way to book the A380, and I’d hate for anyone to be caught off guard by such a change.
While A380 service between Abu Dhabi and Sydney commences as of June 1, 2015, Etihad has reduced the A380 frequency from 7x to 6x weekly for the first couple of months. Via airlineroute.net, from June 1 through July 26, 2015, the EY454 frequency from Abu Dhabi to Sydney will instead be operated by an A340-600 on Fridays, and the EY455 frequency from Sydney to Abu Dhabi will instead be operated by an A340-600 on Saturdays.
So if you’re booked on either of those flights specifically for the A380, take note!
This is a case where I think it’s reasonable to ask them to open award seats, though you may have to be your own liaison.
Has anyone been impacted by this schedule change?
As far as Etihad’s A380 scheduling goes, I’m sure I’m not the only one anxiously waiting for them to announce the dates for their A380 service to New York. Last I heard it was supposed to start by “late 2015,” though rumor has it that it may be delayed by a bit.