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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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 

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Transfers

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 

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Velocity Platinum, Gold members and guests travelling in First or Business class on Etihad Airways operated services receive complimentary entry into both Etihad operated, and associated Lounges worldwide.

For eligibility and more information, please visit International Lounge Access

Frequent Flyer

Velocity members can earn, redeem points and gain status credits when travelling on eligible Etihad Airways operated services. Eligible Velocity members can enjoy additional benefits such as lounge entry, additional check in baggage allowance, priority airport check in and priority boarding.*

*For further details and eligibility, please visit the Etihad Airways partner page

Become a Velocity Frequent Flyer.

Velocity Frequent Flyer loyalty program of Virgin Australia

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