Etihad: United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi
Etihad is the national carrier of United Arab Emirates with Abu Dhabi as its home base. The relatively young airline flies to more than 90 destinations in more than 50 countries. It deploys a young fleet, on average just 6.1 years old, and is comprised of aircraft such as Airbus A380, Boeing 777 and the 787 Dreamliner amongst others. At Abu Dhabi Airport itself work is underway for the construction of the New Midfield Terminal which will be opened later this year.
Service on board
Etihad is renowned for its excellent service and unparalleled luxury product on board. The focus lies on the variety of options that the passenger has in order to ensure the highest possible standards of comfort and an enjoyable flight experience. For example, in the Economy Class, the passenger has the choice of an extra spacious seat or with extra legroom plus the guarantee of an empty seat next to theirs. The recently revamped Economy class on the wide-bodied aircraft offers a broad choice in the entertainment system including live TV, WiFi on selected flights, bistrot-style meals and a flying nanny who offers assistance to parents on long haul flights.
The new Economy seats
The Economy class in the narrow body fleet (Airbus 320 and 321) will be revamped with new economy seats that offer improvement in freedom of movement and a higher comfort level. Every seat will be equipped with a USB charging port and an adjustable telephone and tablet holder. E-BOX stream is a new streaming service which offers the passengers more than 300 hours of entertainment from own device. Passengers can download E-BOX from the Apple Store or Google Play and use their mobile phone on board just like on the ground.
The Etihad Business class offers flat beds on most flights (except on short-haul flights) so that the passenger will arrive at the destination refreshed. It also has a la carte menu, noise-cancelling headset, own socket, USB port and an Aqua di Parma cosmetics amenity kit.
There is more attention to sustainability and environmental concerns on board, so the crockery is made of up-cycled plastic, the cutlery is 85% lighter than before and, as a result, there will be less fuel consumption and also CO2 emissions will be lower.