Photo: Mark Lynam
United Arab Emirates Etihad Airways commenced services between Abu Dhabi (OMAA) & Perth today Wednesday 16th July 2014, with the arrival of the airline's inaugural service.
Flight 'EY486' departed Abu Dhabi (OMAA) at 22.56hrs (LT) 15/07 from T3 gate 59 and arrived into Perth Airport at 13.41hrs (LT) 16/07 landing RWY21 after a flight time of 10hrs.45mins, receiving a water cannon welcome prior to taxying into ITB 51.
Today's inaugural EY486/487 services was operated by one the airline's Airbus A340-642HGW aircraft A6-EHH msn 680, however Etihad's new 'EY486/487' new daily services to Perth will see the carrier utilize there A330-243 equipment on the route with the occasional ad hock A340-600 deployed on a as required basis.
The outbound return flight to Abu Dhabi 'EY487' departed Perth at 16.44hrs off RWY21, with a scheduled flight time of 10.16mins & ETA of 23.01hrs (LT)
This post to be further updated.