Etihad Airways Alliance

Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways Alliance

Virgin Australia is proud to be a Codeshare partner with Etihad Airways – the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. As integrated alliance partners, we offer an expanded global network of seamless connectivity, and increased loyalty rewards through reciprocal frequent flyer programs and lounge access.

From its Abu Dhabi base Etihad flies to over 100 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 95 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 220 aircraft on order.

Visit the Etihad website.

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Virgin Australia and Etihad Network

Together Virgin Australia and Etihad operate 35* flights per week between Australia and Abu Dhabi. Virgin Australia flies to 50 destinations in Australia and New Zealand and offers Etihad operated codeshare flights to over 80 international destinations.

Virgin Australia services to Abu Dhabi are operated by Boeing 777, whilst Etihad operates Boeing 777, Airbus A330 and Airbus A340 aircraft into Australia.
Etihad Airways will operate their new Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft to Australia in 2015.

*Perth services commence 16 July 2014


Etihad Network Map - Virgin Australia and Etihad operate 35* flights per week between Australia and Abu Dhabi

In the Air

Virgin Australia


Virgin Australia offers comfortable, stylish and innovative cabin classes on-board its Domestic Australia flights, providing In-flight Entertainment, gourmet food and beverage selections and excellent customer service.


Virgin Australia international long haul flights offer 3 cabins classes – Business, Premium Economy and Economy.

Business Class

Virgin Australia’s international Business Class service begins before you board. Save time and fly through the airport with dedicated check-in and boarding lanes and Virgin Australia lounges. Once on board, stretch out and relax in your luxurious fully flatbed seat, while enjoying personalised and attentive service. Our consulting chef, Luke Mangan has sourced the best local produce and designed a world-class dining experience. We match our food to a diverse selection of wines, as compiled by our wine consultant, from boutique Australian wineries. You can also enjoy a drink at our Business Class bar throughout the flight.

Virgin Australia Business Class

Premium Economy

Enjoy room to move, and relax inside our stylish cabin with a pre-flight welcome drink, mood lighting to match the phases of your flight and a noise-cancelling headset. Savour the best in fresh and local produce, served on beautiful china, complemented by a discerning selection of Australian wines and world-class liqueurs. For Premium Economy guests travelling on our Boeing 777 international long haul service, our award-winning in-flight entertainment system Red is yours to enjoy for the flight.

Virgin Australia Premium Economy


Enjoy the value-for-money comfort of an inclusive Economy Class experience when travelling on international long haul services. In-flight food and drinks are all-inclusive on our international long haul flights. For guests travelling on our Boeing 777 international long haul service, our award-winning in-flight entertainment system Red is yours to enjoy for the flight. Red entertains all ages with an extensive range of new release and classic movies, TV favourites, engaging games and mood-satisfying music, delivered through a touch-screen and handset controlled system.

Virgin Australia Economy Class

Etihad Airways

Diamond First Class

Etihad Airways have redefined luxury air travel with individual suites, higher levels of comfort and more personal space than ever before. Their award winning First Class offers extra wide perfectly flat bed, in your own personal suite, with your own chef; 23-inch, cinematic widescreen; sliding doors for complete privacy; change room and personal mini-bar. Cosy blankets, pure dupion silk and cotton duvet, fitted sheets, full-sized pillows and loungewear are all included.

Etihad Diamond First Class

Pearl Business Class

The Etihad Airways Inspired Service concept delivers world-class attentiveness for the duration of your business class flight and beyond.

From limousines, to lounges, to on board – experience comfort, luxury and an intimate atmosphere when you fly in Pearl Business Class.

Pearl Business Class is the most luxurious way to fly for business and pleasure, offering a full flatbed; your own Food and Beverage Manager; five-star a la carte or ‘Kitchen Anytime’ dining options and a 15-inch screen with noise-canceling headsets.

Enjoy a world of space and privacy with business class seats placed in a 1-2-1 configuration, offering direct aisle access to every guest. A privacy shell around every flatbed seat adds that extra touch. Sleep easy in seats that stretch out into 6ft 1-inch full flat beds.

Etihad Pearl Business Class

Coral Economy Class

Coral Economy Class offers warm hospitality, individual attention and award-winning cuisine. You’ll experience one of the world’s most spacious and ergonomically designed economy seats with cradle incline, generous meals made from quality ingredients accompanied by a complimentary bar service; 10.4-inch touch screen on most flights; in-seat power sockets and audio/ethernet connectivity.

Stay entertained with over 675 hours of on-demand entertainment, including the latest movies, TV shows, music and interactive games.

Etihad Coral Class


Complimentary intra-terminal transfers are offered between domestic and international terminals for connecting guests in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.

Please select your city to view a transfers map.

Abu Dhabi Hub

Guests connecting between flights at Abu Dhabi International Airport can use the facilities in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3, Etihad's purpose-built terminal which opened in spring 2009.As one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations in the world, Abu Dhabi is perhaps best-known for offering pristine white beaches and year-round sunshine. However, while its glowing reputation for seaside holidays is well-deserved, the UAE capital has various other attractions to keep its visitors entertained, from world-class shopping malls, restaurants and amusement parks to cultural landmarks, sporting activities and music concerts. 

Abu Dhabi Hub


Baggage allowances for Virgin Australia (VA) and Etihad (EY) Codeshare flights.

Virgin Australia International Services to and from Abu Dhabi, and codeshare services operated by Etihad Airways:

Any checked baggage that exceeds these allowances will be subject to standard excess baggage charges and conditions.

  Velocity Frequent Flyer Status
Cabin None/Red Silver Gold Platinum
Economy 30kg 40kg 45kg 50kg
Premium Economy 32kg 42kg 47kg 52kg
Business 40kg 50kg 55kg 60kg
First 50kg 60kg 65kg 70kg

*No single item may exceed 32kg 


  • Additional allowances for Velocity members applies for VA operated and codeshare flights. If travel includes interline with other carriers, the Velocity benefits and allowances may not necessarily apply
  • Where Velocity benefits apply, the complimentary baggage allowance will be applied based on your status at time of travel, rather than time of booking
  • Each piece of baggage must not weigh more than 32kg, or it must be sent as Freight
  • Total linear dimension (length + width + height) must not exceed 158cm (62in) per piece

More information about baggage.


Removed from the hustle and bustle of Australian airports, the Virgin Australia lounges are the perfect place to work, socialise or unwind in comfort. Velocity Platinum and Gold frequent Flyers can enjoy lounge access when travelling in economy class on Etihad and Virgin Australia operated flights.

Experience the lounge for yourself with our Google walk through below.


View eligibility and lounge locations worldwide. 

First and Business class guests can enjoy lounge entry to Etihad and partner lounges globally.

Etihad Partner Lounge

Etihad First Class Lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport is all about style, space and serenity. Enjoy the comfort and space to work or relax before your flight.The first class lounge features the world-renowned Six Senses Spa, with its range of 15-minute treatments; Champagne Bar with a choice of the finest beverages in the world; Cigar Lounge; and fine dining.

Etihad Business Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi is a world of comfort and convenience - with its well-appointed interiors and warm service, the lounge sets the tone for your luxurious flight ahead.Freshen up in experience showers; step into one of our showers as your clothes are ironed and your shoes polished. Enjoy the world-renowned Six Senses Spa; five star dining; full business facilities; and fantastic family room with qualified nannies to watch over your kids.

Al Reem Lounge – Abu Dhabi Velocity Gold members plus a guest can use the lounge upon presentation of their membership card and boarding pass for same day departure when travelling with Etihad in Coral Economy Class or on a Virgin Australia International Long Haul flight in Economy or Premium Economy.

Sydney Lounge

Set over two natural light-filled levels and an area of 798m2, the Sydney lounge offers a range of facilities catering to the diverse needs of today’s business and leisure travellers. This includes state-of-the-art business amenities with Apple computers; complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity and much more.

Lounge guests will also be treated to Etihad Airways signature food and beverage service with a choice of restaurant-style a la carte dining and a sumptuous buffet. Wines from local Australian producers complement an extensive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including beers, champagne, aperitifs, spirits and liqueurs.


Velocity Frequent Flyers

Our partnership with Etihad Airways integrates the Etihad Guest and Velocity frequent flyer programs allowing both members increased loyalty rewards and lounge access.

Velocity members can earn Velocity Points and Status Credits on eligible Etihad Airways services, and redeem Points for flights in their award winning Economy, Business or First Class cabins on services to over 90 destinations around the globe.

Eligible Gold and Platinum Velocity members will receive the luxury of priority check in, priority boarding, additional baggage allowance and entry into Etihad Airways Lounges around the world, for details see Velocity'sbenefits-at-a-glance.

Be our guest, become a Velocity Frequent Flyer.

On services marketed by Virgin Australia/operated Etihad services Velocity Platinum members Velocity Gold members Velocity Silver members
Earn Velocity Points tick yes tick yes tick yes
Redeem Velocity Points tick yes tick yes tick yes
Earn Status Credits tick yes tick yes tick yes
Priority airport check-in tick yes tick yes no
Priority boarding tick yes tick yes tick yes
Priority baggage handling tick yes tick yes no
Lounge Access Access plus one guest Access plus one guest no
Increased check in baggage allowance Additional 20kg Additional 15kg Additional 10kg


Note: Increased check in baggage allowance: No single item may exceed 32kg

Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program of Virgin Australia

For full terms and conditions and more information, please visitBenefits at a Glance.