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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