Etihad Reduces A380 Schedule To Sydney

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.


Much to my delight, Etihad has been making First Apartment award space readily available on their Abu Dhabi to London and Abu Dhabi to Sydney routes.

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, 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.


  1. @ Jack — It’s also a fantastic business class product, arguably better than what Emirates offers on the A380.

  2. @Jack Etihad Business Class is SUCH a nice product! Overall, it beats Emirates by a LOT! Can’t wait to try it out some time.

  3. Thx for update! Do you think this will extend past July?

    I have two apartment seats booked in November and go figure its a Friday. Should I be worried?

  4. I want to redeem for this award SO BAD. I haven’t made arrangements for my return flight from NZ yet and I would be more than willing to fly the long way round from SYD to AUH then to JFK just to have the chance to experience 14 hours in the first class apartment.

  5. Is it garantee that I could use AA miles to book a first class seat on Etihad A380? I planned to visit the Middle East later this year. I’m very interested in redeem my AA miles on Etihad.

  6. @Lucky Hi I am currently switching around Christmas time for the A380 flight from AUH-SYD. Are these F seats being blocked this far out? When can award space expected to be opened up you think?

  7. @ Daniel — For Christmas? Chances are that space is already booked, as it’s total peak season. More space could open as the departure date approaches, though.

  8. @ Dan — Only to London as of now, Sydney as of June, and New York as of December. Yes, all the A380s have the same configuration.

  9. Flew A380 Business Class Abu Dhabi to Sydney a couple of weeks ago. It was fantastic more room than 777 and 340 quieter and loads of space. Would now like all flights to be on Etihad A380!

  10. I’ve flown Etihad A380 First Apartment a few times and it is truly amazing. They advertise it as “flying reimagined” and it most certainly is like nothing else in the skies. Which other airline offers you an arm chair AND a separate bed within the own private area. Off with them again from London-Abu Dhabi then Abu Dhabi-Sydney and back same route. And I can’t wait. Best experience ever.

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