June 19, 2015

Review: Etihad Airways Premium Lounge First Class, Terminal 3 Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Trip to Sri Lanka & Oman and Flying On Etihad Airways A380 First Apartment Abu Dhabi-London

Top Attractions in Sri Lanka
Hilton Colombo Residences
Serendib Lounge, Colombo Bandaranaike Airport (CMB)
Araliya Lounge, Colombo Bandaranaike Airport (CMB)
Qatar Airways Business Class Lounge, Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Top Attractions in Oman
Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz Carlton Hotel
Plaza Premium Lounge, Muscat International Airport (MCT)
Qatar Airways First Class, Muscat-Doha
Qatar Airways First Class Lounge, Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Qatar Airways First Class, Doha-Abu Dhabi
Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways Premium Lounge, Business Class Abu Dhabi T3 (AUH)
Etihad Airways Premium Lounge, First Class Abu Dhabi T3 (AUH)
Etihad Airways A380 First Apartment, Abu Dhabi-London
Double Tree by Hilton Hotel London Heathrow Airport
Top Attractions in the United Kingdom
British Airways Galleries Lounge North, T5 London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways Business Class, London-Stockholm



Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi entrance

Location: Terminal 3 close to gate 35
Access: First class passengers flying on Etihad, Etihad Guest Platinum members plus one guest
Opening hours: 24 hours

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi signage to the lounge

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi reception area

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi first class seating

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi first class seating

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi first class seating

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge Abu Dhabi cappucino from the bar

First class passengers get a complimentary haircut at the Style & Shave

A complimentary massage treatment was also available for first class passengers at the Six Senses Spa

CONCLUSION

From what I've learned, Etihad is actually renovating the old first and business class lounge at Terminal 3 Abu Dhabi Airport  which will reopen and be exclusive for First Class and The Residence passengers. It was supposed to open last April but apparently, it is taking a longer time than expected. During our visit here last month, we were informed by the receptionist that they do have a dedicated area for first class passengers and that we were free to use it. I thought that it was a small area considering that Platinum members on Etihad guest program have also access to it plus a guest. The buffet, ala carte dining, business center, etc are all located in the business class lounge so there is not much difference. Hopefully the new lounge would open soon to meet the demand of first class passengers as they have just started the A380 service to Sydney last June 1 and is planning to fly to JFK also with the A380 in December.