Airline Review: Etihad Airways (long haul Economy)
When we flew from Abu Dhabi to Zurich, we got the chance to review the Etihad Airways (EY) Economy Class. Before, we only flew Business Class with Etihad, which was a great experience. However, even the Economy Class was very good. On the short night flight, the catering was very solid. The crew did a good job and the amenity kit was a nice touch. All in all, a really good experience.
In the past, we were lucky enough to review Etihad Airways’ premium class service when flying from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta and the other way round. However, not all our flights are in Business Class, so this time we review the Economy Class of Etihad Airways in an Airbus A330-300 jet with a three class configuration and a 2-4-2 arrangement (2-3-2 in the last rows) in Economy Class.
- Airplane: Airbus A330-300
- Cabin Class: Economy
- Daytime: Night
- Food: Snack Box / Breakfast
- Seat Pitch: 32 Inch (84 Centimeter)
- Seat Width: 17.5 Inch (44 Centimeter)
We went for one window and one aisle seat which made flying pretty comfortable as we did not have to take care of others sitting in the same row. That’s especially nice at a nighttime flight like ours from Abu Dhabi to Zurich.
Comfortable and clean seats
The seats in Economy Class aboard the Etihad Airways A330-300 are pretty comfortable. They have a nice color arrangement and look pretty decent.
Also, the seat width is pretty fine with 17.5 Inch (~ 44 Centimeter). The Seat pitch with an average of 32 Inch (~ 81 Centimeter) is okay, but worse than with other airlines we already reviewed like Malaysia Airlines. However, seating itself is comfortable as the seats are neither too soft nor too hard.
The leather headrest is adjustable and makes a good night sleep possible. Another nice touch is the special pillow that may be used as a normal one as well as like a neck pillow. Moreover, the blanket that you’ll get in Economy Class when flying with Etihad Airways is pretty good as well.
Even though we did not have the time to watch a movie as we wanted to catch some sleep, the In-Flight-Entertainment aboard the Etihad Airways A330-300 is pretty decent as well. The screen is modern and large, the choice of films, music and shows is very good – the best one we ever had in Economy Class in our flight reviews so far.
Express food and a good breakfast
I was a little surprised that Etihad decided to offer two meals on a flight with a duration of less than seven hours, especially considering it was a nighttime service.
However, I really liked the idea to serve a so-called “Express Snack” including a sandwich, nuts, apples, a little biscuit and a bottle of water. You may also choose another drink before sleeping. Something similar was offered when we reviewed Malaysia Airlines. A little more than one hour before landing, the second food service started.
As nighttime flights from Abu Dhabi to Europe land early in the morning, we were offered breakfast. You may choose your main dish from a menu (that’s not very common for Economy Class) when flying Etihad Airways. We tried the Omelet and the Calzone with Orange.
The former was a little boring, while the sweet Calzone was surprisingly good. We also liked the appetizers. Over the flight, the crew of Etihad served drinks twice. Each time you had a free choice of cold and warm drinks including alcoholic beverages.
The special treats when flying Etihad
Good seating, a friendly and helpful crew and very good catering for Economy Class. Is there anything more Etihad Airways could do to make a nighttime service more enjoyable?
Well, at least they tried. A very nice treat are the noise cancelling headphones for example. They are not comparable to the ones in Business Class, but the sound quality is at least decent. Moreover, the amenity kit offered includes a tooth brush, earplugs and socks. Not quite Business Class quality, but absolutely sufficient.
All this together made us really enjoy our time aboard the Etihad Airways flight. Sure, Business Class is an even better experience with fully flat beds, but considering the price, the Economy Class of Etihad Airways is a very good choice as well.
- You can find more information about Etihad’s flights, schedules, prices and much more as well as book your next flight on the website of Etihad Airways