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Etihad puts 777-300ERs on Melbourne run in December

Etihad’s decision to increase seat numbers between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi by 12.3% from December by replacing its current A340-600 flights with 777-300ERs comes with one bit of bad news.

The economy class section of the jet has been downgraded from the original spacious nine across layout to 10 across.

This means that among the major 777 operators to Australia, British Airways, Singapore Airlines an Virgin Australia will be among those offering the nine across economy cabin, and raise fears that all will crack down on such largesse with the same somewhat miserable sized seats now offered by most other 777 operators.

The overall seat count on the Etihad jet will however be a comparatively low 328 comprising 280 in economy, 40 in business class and eight in first class, itself a reduction from the 12 first class mini cabins in the A340s.



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  • 1
    Marcus W
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Qatar Airways is an operator in the 9 abreast club – they fly their 777-200LR to Melbourne once daily.

  • 2
    Posted February 25, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    It’s not all bad. Other 777 operators to AU … Like JL, OZ, DL and there must be more… Still do 9-across. There is choice out there, so those that squeeze 10 across, can go hang. If the travelling public don’t care to research their trip, too bad, they deserve what they get!

  • 3
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    You are a bit tough Bear. So many of the “travelling public” are simply not in a position to do the research you suggest. Better advice would be to say that if you are not experienced in travel research then get a good travel agent. More people seem to be doing that these days, especially ‘new’ travellers, and pointy end customers. See the very positive outlook shown by Flight Centre’s annual results released the other day.

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