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Etihad Airways Alliance

Alliance with Etihad Airways

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 110 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas with their fleet of over 120 aircraft.

Visit the Etihad website.

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Virgin Australia and Etihad Network 

Etihad operates flights between a number of Australian ports to and Abu Dhabi, connecting to a worldwide network. 


Etihad Airways

The Residence

Welcome to the world’s most luxurious living space in the air. The Residence on board A380 is a haven of tranquility, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle that offers the ultimate in high-end luxury. With a living room, separate bedroom and ensuite bathroom, The Residence by Etihad is the only three-room suite in the sky. Experience the ultimate in luxury high above the clouds and wake up to breakfast in bed over an expanse of beautiful skies. 

First Apartment 

Etihad revolutionises First Class with the First Apartment on board A380. More than a seat, it is a living space for the discerning traveller. The First Apartments come equipped with an adjustable 24-inch flat screen TV, which can be viewed from the armchair or while relaxing in bed, together with a vanity cabinet with ample lighting and space for your personal effects, a chilled drinks cabinet and a wardrobe. 


Business Studio

With a special pneumatic comfort system to adjust the firmness of the seat, in-seat massage and lighting, all at the touch of a button, guests can customise the perfect environment for every stage of the journey.

Etihad have created spaces where guests can work, rest and play. They call it ‘intelligent living in the sky’. The seat converts into a comfortable fully-flat bed of up to 80.5-inches. A large personal 18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets delivers over 750 hours of the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and interactive games. With a special pneumatic comfort system to adjust the firmness of the seat, in-seat massage and lighting, all at the touch of a button, guests can customise the perfect environment for every stage of the journey.

The Business Studios are available on Etihad A380 and B787.


The Economy Smart Seat 

The Economy Smart Seat is the ultimate in clever design, with a unique "fixed wing" headrest that will make the journey even more comfortable. The seat has a convenient entertainment and connectivity hub with all the accessories within easy reach from the seat-back. Escape into a world of the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and interactive games with noise-reduction headsets and over 750 hours of on-demand entertainment 



Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways codeshare on each other’s services. Please check your itinerary and ensure you check-in with the operating airline.  

You should be checked in for your international flight at least 90 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. For further details see Check In.

Arriving in Australia

On arrival in Australia, all guests must clear immigration and customs before proceeding to domestic transfer area.

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

Please select your city to view a transfers map and instructions:


Carry-on Baggage

Your carry-on baggage allowance will depend on the operating carrier’s policy for each sector. The operating carrier of each sector is detailed in your itinerary.

View the Virgin Australia and Etihad Airways carry-on baggage guidelines.

Checked Baggage

Your bags will be checked to your final destination when purchased in a single ticket, offering you a seamless customer experience.

Your included baggage allowance depends on the fare purchased and your Velocity membership level at time of travel. For more information see Checked Baggage.

Excess Baggage

Excess baggage fees will be charged for any items that exceed the free checked baggage allowance. For details see Excess Baggage.

Etihad Airways Lounge Access 


Velocity Platinum and Gold members and Guests travelling in First or Business class receive complimentary entry into all Etihad or partner lounges when travelling on an Etihad Airways operated flight.

Etihad Premium Lounges in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 in Abu Dhabi offer a world of comfort and convenience - with well-appointed interiors and warm service, the lounges set 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 when travelling with Etihad in Economy Class.

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.

For full terms and conditions and more information, please visit International Lounge Access.


Velocity Frequent Flyer

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 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's benefits-at-a-glance.

Be our guest, become a Velocity Frequent Flyer.

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Lounge Access#
Eligibility for lounge access varies according to your fare class, Velocity membership level and destination. For information on worldwide lounge access, simply select your eligibility from the drop down box on Virgin Australia’s International Lounge Access Guide
Increased check in baggage allowanceThe checked baggage allowance varies according to your fare class and Velocity membership level at the time of travel. Please visit the Virgin Australia Baggage section for further information.


Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program of Virgin Australia

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