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Flight: EY 20
Departure time in London (LHR): 14:05 (actual 14:10)
Arrival time in Abu Dhabi (AUH): 1:20 +1 day (actual 1:16)
Equipment: Airbus A380
Seat/Apartment: Apartment 2H
Duration: 7h 6m
Date of flight: December 2, 2015
*This is an award travel, First Class flight #32
Etihad Airways has its own lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 4 and before my flight to Abu Dhabi, I was able to enjoy the complimentary massage, excellent food and great service: enough reasons why this lounge is one of my favorite lounges in Heathrow.
Etihad Airways Airbus A380 flying us to Abu Dhabi that afternoon
Boarding started at 13:25 at gate 10A.
As usual, priority boarding was offered to first and business class passengers. Upon boarding, I was greeted by Ream, a nice lady from Morocco who escorted me to my apartment.
The last time I flew on Etihad, I got the male amenity kit so I thought I'd ask for the female one for my collection.
Lavatory and Shower
On Etihad Airways A380, there are two lavatories, both of which are located on the right side of the cabin. The first one has a shower spa where 9 of the first class passengers can book for their "shower in the sky".
just like on Emirates) and when you see the red light, it means you don't have much water left. This was actually my third time to "shower in the sky" and I've never had any problem with the "limited water".
Grass-fed beef tenderloin
US rib-eye steak
Catch of the day
Steamed green beans
Oven-roasted mixed vegetables
Creamy mashed potatoes
Turned Chatau potatoes
Oven-baked french fries
The Etihad steak sandwich
Fresh eggs cooked to order
Fresh fruit platter
A selection of ice creams
Freshly baked cookies and madeleines
Dessert: Aumoniere, Bitter Chocolate and orange ball, Dessert taster
Then, it was time for my dinner.
The food tasted phenomenal and I have to commend the onboard chef for doing such a great job and for Etihad Airways for offering such a luxurious meal that one could only expect from a five star hotel.
Since we still had about 3 hours before landing, I thought I'd ask Ream to do the turndown service. This is another thing I love about Etihad. I just love the way they were able to offer a fully flat bed that is so spacious where you can enjoy watching a film, and keep your seat available at the same time. As far as I know, all airlines (with the exception of Lufthansa on their Boeing 747) have to convert the same seat into a fully flat bed. This is such a luxury!
Preparation for Arrival
Overall, the flight went smoothly and we landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 1:05am. I've heard that Etihad had their Arrivals Lounge in Abu Dhabi so I was really looking forward to visit it.
Etihad Airways Arrivals Lounge, Abu Dhabi
Singelresor group was staying. Etihad offers complimentary chauffeur service to its premium passengers from Abu Dhabi Airport to anywhere in the UAE. Cool! I learned from Said that Etihad only uses Audi for their customers, unlike Emirates who I believe uses both Volvo and Mercedes Benz among others. After an hour drive, I have reached our hotel where I would be staying for 3 nights while exploring the city of Dubai.
This flight is no doubt one of the best flights I've ever had since I started flying in premium class. The competition between the world's best airlines never ceases and with what Etihad has come up to, the First Apartment is definitely "the most luxurious first class in the sky". No other airline can give you that much space in first class: a separate seat and bed in your own apartment. The service from the flight attendants to the inflight chef was just impeccable and the food was outstanding. And being able to shower at 37,000 feet was insanely exciting! It was my second time to fly on Etihad First Apartment and there will surely be the third time. After all, I don't have much choice because it's the best first class in the sky! To all the crew on this flight, Shukran for making this flight truly an unforgettable one!
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