The Etihad Airways Business Class in the Airbus A380 is the flagship product of the airline from Abu Dhabi. In this extensive review, I’ll explain what makes the product worth recommending.
Flying with Etihad Airways never disappointed me (though the ground experience at Abu Dhabi Airport always does). Flying the Etihad Airways Business Class in the Airbus A380 was no exception.
The flagship airplane of Etihad comes with a four-class configuration with the upper deck reserved for The Residence, First Class and Business Class. All seats after the bar, which is located by the second door are assigned to Business Class.
I chose a seat in the very rear of the airplane and was able to enjoy a whole area to myself. Not a bad start!
The Airbus A380 comes with the newest Business Class product of Etihad Airways. I’ve already introduced the new Etihad Airways Business Class in my review of the Boeing 787, so won’t lose to many words on it here.
The seats come with the typical 1-2-1 configuration with some “real” window seats and some “fake” window seats, which are more exposed to the aisle. The real window seats as well as the so-called honeymoon seats (if you are travelling with someone) are the best options.
The seats as such are very well padded and extremely comfortable in nearly all positions. There is also tons of storage room (one of the main advantages of the new configuration) and you won’t have any problems charging your devices by either the plug or an USB port at your seat.
It’s also worth noting that the seat in the new Etihad Airways Business Class as well as the cabin as such look stunning and luxurious. If the first appearance really counts, Etihad already won my heart!
In my other review of the new Etihad Airways Business Class I’ve already explained that I was mainly sleeping on my second leg, while I didn’t do so on the first one.
Thus, I’ll focus on the sleeping experience in this installment. The seats in the new Etihad Airways Business Class can be adjusted in a fully flat position, which is spacious in width. Yet, the surface is not exactly long, making it a little challenging to get good sleep for tall persons.
The padding of the seat is decent for sleeping, thus nothing to write home about. Meanwhile, the blanket and the pillow are very comfortable and among the best I’ve experienced in Business Class. For your enhanced sleeping comfort, a sleeping mask and a pyjama are provided on a complimentary basis.
I slept a solid seven hours on this flight, but must admit that the good sleep might had to do with the cabin being that empty and thus very dark and calm (the distance to the bar was a plus in this regard as well).
On the flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne, the menu came with two full meals as well as the dining anytime options. As it’s the norm for the Etihad Airways Business Class, I was also served a welcome drink prior departure and another drink alongside a selection of nuts after take-off.
As a starter, I chose the Shrimp, which came with watermelon and basil sauce (not the most usual combination). This was followed by the Beef Tenderloin and the Chocolate Marquise (I skipped the cheese). As usual, the whole set-up of the food was spectacular.
Dinner in the Etihad Airways Business Class was served with the classic roll as well as a selection from the bread basket. While the shrimp was refreshing, yet somewhat boring, I was quite amazed by the beef, which didn’t look too good, but tasted great and was very tender.
For a chocolate sucker, the Chocolate Marquise was the meal’s highlight though. After my solid sleep, I opted for a small breakfast only. Not a huge fan of eggs in airplanes, I decided to at least give Etihad a try. And wow, the scrambled eggs were quite good.
It’s not often I enjoy hot breakfast in an airplane, so kudos to Etihad Airways!
I already talked about the entertainment options in the new Etihad Airways Business Class in my other review, so won’t go into too much detail here. Summed up, there’s very good Wi-Fi, which you can buy day passes for a reasonable amount of 20 US-Dollar for.
Plus, there’s a great entertainment system with large screens, sharp pictures and a very rich selection. At the same time, the selection of newspapers and magazines (I was again offered nothing proactively) is rather disappointing. It’s worth noting that the Etihad Airways Airbus A380 is a little special when it comes to entertainment.
That’s because there’s a lounge area of sorts between the First Class and Business Class cabin. While I’ve seen dozens of people by the bar of the Virgin Australia Boeing 777, I didn’t see anyone make use of the lounge area in the Etihad Airways Airbus A380. The whole set-up just isn’t exactly inviting and the lack of a real bar also makes it a less exciting place.
I’ve already mentioned that pyjamas and eye shades are provided for a more comfortable sleep. In addition, there are many other amenities in the Etihad Airways long haul Business Class.
These include noise-cancelling headphones of good quality and an amenity kit with plenty of high-quality items. These amenity kits are especially cool as they are inspired by a city and thus come with different designs and a special city guide.
The Etihad Airways Business Class in the Airbus A380 is incredible for a Business Class product. The cabin looks very luxurious and seats are very comfortable and offer a very good sleeping experience.
The food offerings were great as usual and the entertainment options could hardly be better (at least when it comes to modern entertainment). Sadly, the service on this flight was a little sloppy and not comparable to what I’m used of Etihad Airways. Nevertheless, the Etihad Airways Business Class in the Airbus A380 is worth recommending!