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Etihad and Virgin Blue Form Interline Partnership


Etihad Airways and Virgin Blue today announced a comprehensive interline agreement which will provide travellers with seamless connectivity to 22 Australian cities and from Brisbane and Sydney to Abu Dhabi and beyond.


The deal, which came into effect on 4 November, offers a range of benefits for travellers including full through check from point of origin to port of destination. No collecting and re-checking baggage and convenient transfer of Guests from Domestic to International airports.


James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive officer, said, “The closer cooperation with Virgin Blue will enhance significantly the travel experience and potential destinations for Etihad customers flying to Australia.


“Etihad strives to make as many global destinations available to our customers whether it is opening up new routes of our own or through strategic agreements with other airlines.”


Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “It is our ongoing commitment to add value for our Guests through interline agreements with like-minded quality airlines.


“The new interline partnership means Virgin Blue Guests who also choose to book international travel with Etihad can travel from anywhere on our network to any of Etihad’s 45 international destinations with ease.”


Etihad launched its daily service from Abu Dhabi to Sydney in March 2007, which was followed in September by the opening of its three flights a week servicing the Brisbane.


The Sydney route has proved such a success, with more than 60,000 passengers flying on the sector since its launch, that in March 2008 Etihad will increase the service to 11 flights a week.


About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways is the national airline of the United Arab Emirates based in the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Currently Etihad offers flights to 45 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Africa Asia and Australia.

Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of  56 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 22 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands. Visit for more information.