Flying business class with Etihad Airways
“We’ll arrange for a pick up & drop for you, madam.”
Little had I realized it would be a black Limousine waiting for me at the door. That’s how I remember my first flight to Abu Dhabi by Etihad Airways.
From Mumbai to Abu Dhabi, it wasn’t a long flight but I got a chance to experience the business class of the airlines. I had flown business class on earlier occasions too with different airlines, so it would not be less human if I made some comparison among them.
Here is how they spoilt me:
At the airport: On reaching the airport, I was treated like a princess. Priority check-in, business lounge, priority boarding and what not. They pampered me no end.
In-flight Service: This is an area where Etihad Airways excels. The service is attentive, assuring and cooperative. The moment I entered the aircraft, an air hostess led me to my seat, made me comfortable, adjusted the seat to my liking, explained their services and offered me a choice of magazines to read. Most of them speak a number of languages. I wish I knew a few more to converse with them.
Food & Drink: The first thing I was offered was some Hors d’oeuvre along with a fruit juice of my choice. Not a canned one but freshly squeezed on board. The food choice is comprehensive. All-day menu offers light snacks but the most enticing options are on the a la carte menu, which features Middle Eastern and international dishes. The Arabic mezze was excellent and so was the dessert. On long flights passengers have the option to eat whenever they like to. I think I give a thumbs up to this facility.
There were variety of wines including Champagne and other alcoholic drinks available, not to mention plentiful of tea, coffee and rest of the non-alcoholic drinks. The aroma of fresh bread increased my hunger manifolds.
Entertainment: An 18” TV screen welcomes you to watch films of innumerable genres, periods, and countries of origin. Besides, television shows, music albums and games to entertain.
Interiors: This was one of the most sophisticated arrangement in business class, I had ever experienced. There’s plenty of place to keep your things. A tray table that doubles up as a working table. Also there are USB ports, mains sockets for UK, US and EU plugs and Wi-Fi if you are in a mood to work. Though I could not use but the bed is fully flat with a side pocket to keep your amenity kit; a control panel to adjust the seat position and built-in massager (wow!). A USB port for easy charging of your smartphone, plus connectors allowing you to output your own device to the aircraft’s entertainment system.
Abu Dhabi from above and the ATC building.
While returning, a complimentary chauffeur service ended my glamorous, luxurious and enjoyable Journey.
Have you flown a business class? How was your experience?
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They knew you are a princess anyway. 😀 🙂
Thank you for your kindness. 🙂
Lovely review! 🙂 comprehensive and super crisp! Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome. 🙂
I flew Ethihad to UK from Bangalore. The layover was smooth and service excellent. I would not mind traveling with them again and maybe, if they upgrade me, then a business class 😉
Ha Ha yes, business class. 😀
Recently someone was complaining about the airlines and its rude staff. But I found their service quite good, both on & off the ground.
I took Etihad when I visited London last time. I love their business class amenities.
Glad I am not alone to love them. 🙂
Hi, Recently travelled Business Class by two different airlines to two different destinations within just a few days of each other. First it was Cathey Pacific Dubai to Hong Kong and second Emirates Dubai to Abuja (Nigeria). And my vote goes to Cathey….their seat configuration giving complete privacy and ample space, their attention to details keeping several goodies, their quality of service with a smile…available to you immediately….and off course their Bloody Marry… mixed to perfection 🙂
Emirates on the other hand had all but gives you an impression that oh its just routine and oh you are just another passenger. It is the difference between warmth and oh so cold.
I agree. Cathay is one of my favourites also on that route. Very caring and sensible staff and they care of everything.
Thanks for sharing your experiences, appreciated. 🙂
That is a cool experience!
For my trip to Greece I took this airways.
Not bad I will say.
Nice to know that Indrani. 🙂
You really had an awesome experience!
Have never tried Etihad airways. With your review, I guess I should give it a go!
You’ll not regret Arun ! 🙂
Wow. That was quite the experience! Personally I’ve never traveled in anything higher than Indigo economy .. but someday hopefully 🙂
Yes, one day! 😀
The word which you used is perfect. they spoil you and I have experienced it. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your experience.
They have a USD 32000 super first class seat now, with private shower, butler etc… Try that next time
If only someone sponsors that for me!
I promise, I’ll brag about it whole my life. 🙂
Ethihad Airways is too comfy and their services are splendid. Travelling to and fro in many airways, this one is the best I had. Emirates is underrated compared to Ethihad anytime.
Oh! Some people say the opposite for Emirates.
Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your trip.
Thank you, I enjoyed. 🙂
Had same experience on a jet airways 1hr long flight. A personal window, fresh fruit juice, Indian non/ veg dishes on board.. To be frank those 60 minutes were the best time I had in my life, that too via upgrade.. ☺
I hear you ! 😀 It feels great, I know.
Great review! I’ve had a great time on Etihad too, but I usually fly business only for longer flights!
Glad to know that Archana.
That was like reading Nicole Kidman , the brand ambassador of Etihad, spoilt for choices:) A nice read!
Thank you. 🙂
I too have had a good experience with Etihad. You seem to have had a ball of a time. Royal treatment indeed !
I loved the pampering part. 😛
I have never travelled business or first class (just economy), but have traveled with a lot of airlines.
I did like Etihad a lot and Air France is another of my picks.
My pick includes Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and some more besides Etihad. 🙂
I would LOVE to experience business class one day – especially Etihad’s – they’re so famous for it. A friend works for them, preparing and planning the menu for business class and all I keep hearing is how fabulous it is in there lol…. #goals
I can understand !
Why don’t you ask your friend to do something? I am sure s/he would be able to do.
Wow this sounds amazing, I’ve never flown business class before, but I’ve heard Ethiad is famous for it; and it’s so amazing that the experience starts before you actually arrive – love the limousine service – nice touch!
I was royally pampered, I must say. 🙂
What a great experience – I’d love to travel Business Class – but I don’t think I could ever part with the money when I know I could spend it on the destination. I can keep dreaming though – and living vicariously through your experience 😉
Those two airlines are very high on my list as well.
I have never tried business class =( I would love to try the luxury experience.
Do it then. What are you waiting for? 🙂
Gosh that business class looks pretty close to first class to me.
I’ve travelled business class a few times – but never with quite such amazing service
Thank you, for me also it wasn’t the first time. 🙂
I’ve flown business on BA – great experience. My friend flys Etihad first all the time for work – the photos she shows me have me jelly!
I think we all have something or the other to say about our flights. 🙂
Etihad Airways is the epitome of luxury flying!! Totally love their service. Great review Nisha 🙂
Looks lovely! I love the stewardess uniforms, the scarf looks so elegant. Singapore Airlines has a great business class too, I particularly love their selection of movies.
Oh we all have some good points about the airlines we fly.
Yes, I wonder how they manage to keep that scarf intact. 🙂
So cool! I would love to fly business class once, just to see what all the fuss is about! But Etihad sure did a great job pampering you! How can you ever go back to flying economy;-)
Not with Etihad at least 😛
business class is the only way to fly! That being said, it looks like you had an incredible trip and that Etihad definitely knows how to pamper you!
It better remember how it treated me first. 🙂
Lovely review! comprehensive and super crisp! Thanks for sharing! 😀
Thank you. 🙂
Business Class — not yet.
Some day, I hope. 🙂
This one looks good.
And the view from the tower too. 😉
I wish you all the success for business class. 🙂
See now every time I even board a flight,I will expect this level of pampering 😀 It must have been heavenly!
Yes, it was Richa. 🙂