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Etihad Airways much-anticipated A380, featuring The Residence, touches down in Melbourne on June 2, beginning a new era of luxury travel on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi and Melbourne- London routes.

The Residence is the world’s first three-room private suite on a commercial aircraft as well as ground-breaking innovations in all cabins.

The flagship superjumbo will operate one of the airline’s double daily flights between Melbourne and Abu Dhabi. It will replace one of the three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft currently deployed on the route.

Etihad Airways Senior Vice President of Marketing, Shane O’Hare, said: “Today marks another major milestone for Etihad Airways in Australia. With Melbourne joining our A380 network, Australia is the only country in our global network with daily A380 services to two cities – Melbourne and Sydney.”

The A380 will increase the total number of two-way seats on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi route by 26 per cent to more than 11,500 seats per week.

Mr O’Hare said this would ease the capacity constraints on the Melbourne-Abu Dhabi, particularly for business and premium leisure travel.