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.