Browsing Tag: Abu Dhabi

A6-APC landing as EY454 in Sydney, and I'm in 4A! Photo - Bernie Proctor

A6-APC landing as EY454 in Sydney, and I’m in 4A! – Photo: Bernie Proctor

The Boeing 777 just can’t compete with the Airbus A380 when it comes to luxury, but I still enjoyed my previous 777-200LR flight on Etihad. You can’t even put a shower on a commercially configured one! Good thing Etihad ordered 10 Airbus A380s and they have five in service right now. I wanted to try the most supreme of airline products currently out there — the Etihad First Class Apartment — and I did. One cannot experience something like this alone. I had my friend AirlineReporter Senior Correspondent Jacob Pfleger along for the ride.

Jacob would, of course, take a photo of his future seat at the Dubai Airshow, but he did too good a job not to use it. Mine was a lighter brown over in 4A - Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

Jacob would, of course, take a photo of his future seat at the Dubai Airshow, but he did too good a job not to use it. Mine was a lighter brown over in 4A – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

My general rule of thumb for first class flying is “if it’s overnight, and you are paying with currency, fly business class.” I looked at AUH-JFK and that was out. So too were some of Etihad’s London flights. Besides that, seven hours on an A380 is nothing. Eventually, I realized the best way to maximize my enjoyment of First Class flying was to do a paradoxically timed “daylight” flight from Abu Dhabi to Sydney. Which was good, because I needed to be in Sydney anyway.

The highlight of the show, the Etihad A380 Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

The highlight of the show, the Etihad A380 – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

Ever since I booked my trip to attend the Dubai Airshow, I had been quietly hoping that Etihad would bring their flagship A380 to the static display. This was, however, a long shot, as Etihad only has four A380s in service; to take one out of service for an airshow is a big ask. Emirates had confirmed sometime out that they would have an A380 on static display, as did Qatar Airways, but these two models did not excite me nearly as much as the Etihad A380.

Boarding the Etihad A380 for the media tour Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

Boarding the Etihad A380 for the media tour – Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

I could barely contain my excitement, when on the first day of the airshow, Etihad confirmed their A380 would make an appearance the following day! As the aircraft was only scheduled to remain at Al Maktoum Airport for a few hours before returning to Abu Dhabi, it was my first priority to go see this aircraft.

We met with the PR staff at the Etihad chalet and they were more than willing to give us a tour of the aircraft, even driving to the display from the chalet in custom-branded golf carts — talk about a VIP experience.

Having expeirenced both First and Economy class on Etihad,It was now time to try Business class Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

Having experienced both first and economy class on Etihad, it was now time to try business                             Photo: Jacob Pfleger | AirlineReporter

ETIHAD AIRWAYS PEARL BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW BASICS:

Airline: Etihad Airways
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Departed: Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Arrived: Amsterdam (AMS)
Stops: Non-stop flight
Class: Business class
Seat: 7A
Length: About 7.5 hours

Cheers: New business cabin layout, very private feel, direct aisle access for each seat, in-flight internet access (for a fee)
Jeers: Slightly narrow seat width for my liking
Overall: Etihad continues to be one of the market leaders in their premium cabin product

Who will win? You have an Etihad Airways Airbus A320, a race car and a jet powered motorcycle. What is interesting is this is an Australian newscast that is racing these three things in Abu Dhabi.

I am pretty sure that special Formula 1 livery on the A320 will help to give it a bit more power. Check the video to see how this one turns out.

Thanks to Allen and Joye for pointing this one out.