Etihad A380 First Class Double Apartment
First Class Apartment from Etihad delivers supreme luxury and the relaxation to enjoy it with minimal interruption, from award-winning design and cabin staff who attend to the smallest details of your journey. More than just great product and service, it is extraordinary travel experience!
EY454 Abu Dhabi to Sydney
Etihad First Class Apartment
20 October 2015
Passenger: 490/496, First Class load 9/9
Flight time 12 hr 45 mins
This is NOT my first time flying Etihad A380 First Class apartment, after an absolute “WOW” flight in January 2015, I have been looking forward to my 2nd, a much longer flight. This time I decide to share the joyful experience with my wife. Flying together on our 4th wedding anniversary date!
As with all journeys on Etihad, the trip started with Limo pick up at my residence, then with porter service at airport and easy stroll through check-in and security, we arrived at Etihad Premium Lounge near gate 35 two hours ahead of our flight.
Unfortunately the Etihad First Class lounge is delayed in its re-opening. All First Class passenger can use either Terminal 1 First Class lounge (small one) or the Premium lounge combined with Business Class passengers.
A special area reserved for First Class passengers. (And for Residence Class passengers if sold)
The lounge has decent and good variety of food and dessert. However the lounge feels simply too temporary and too common. There isn’t any special in this lounge and paled in comparison with Lufthansa, Qantas, Cathay, Emirates or Qatar Airways lounges.
Perhaps the most exciting element is Etihad Shave. A brilliant concept for the weary travelers who can opt for a shave or haircut (ladies can opt in for nails)
Below is my favourite barber/shaver (from Morocco)
Another awesome aspect of the Etihad Premium lounge is the Sixth Sense Spa which entitle First and Business Class passengers for 15 minutes complimentary treatment. (Massage/Facials)
Boarding at Gate 33
Interesting we have to walk up the ramp of the upper aerobridge to board upstairs.
We received warm welcome at the doors and escorted to our apartment suite, 1H and 2H. (both aisle seat)
The wife is happily settled in her apartment 2H, which is an aisle seat.
The apartment feature make up station with mirror, 3 electronically controlled window, a generously long bench/ottoman and plenty of private space!
It turned out we have a common friend with the F/B manager onboard, Chanida. It is a small world if you live in Abu Dhabi.
Each apartment has plenty of storage places and a private chilled fridge. There are no overhead bins of course.
The takeoff was delayed by an hour due to congestion of Omani aerospace. This became a serious daily recurring problem as most flight bound for India/Asia/Oceania leaves at the same time from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
During this time we were given a tour of the onboard bar.
The onboard bar/lounge is located just behind First Class and the galley but in front of the business class cabin.
The bar has self service concept, it does not have bar attendant like onboard Emirates or Qatar.
I was in reversing position on takeoff as seat 1H face rearwards. It was interesting to feel the power of engine pulling my towards the force. The A380 is exceptionally quiet especially on the upper deck.
After the takeoff, table were set quickly for dinner. We opted to have dinner together.
Here is the menu: (Complete A La Carte and dining on demand)
Beautiful table set up
Chef creation: Amuse Bouche
Starter: Lemongrass Soup and Alaskan Crab duo
Middle Course: Lemon Sorbet to whet appetite.
Main course: Chef Creation. Medium Rare Beef Tenderloin with Greek Salad and Mash Potato.
Main Course: Rib Eye steak chopped with peppercorn sauce.
Dessert Trio to follow.
As usual after a heavy dinner, it is time to digest and go to bed to sleep. At this point, we were about 2.5 hours into the 13 hours flight and near Bangaluru according to the excellent inflight map display.
Both beds were turned down. The double suite (1H/2H, 3A/4A, 3K/4K) allows couple to face each other when in full flat position.
You still get plenty of space to move around with beds fully turned down!
After a solid 7 hours sleep, we’re already in the middle of Australia.
View from the inflight tail camera. Over Red Center Australia!
The excellent inflight map have many view option, this is pilot’s view
I ordered my own customized breakfast, steak strips and fried eggs.
Another look of my Apartment with doors closed. Breakfast can be have in total privacy like hotel in-room dining.
The excellent upgraded Etihad E-box entertainment on A380. With smart phone type drop down choices. Touch screen enabled.
Before landing, I have the luxury to take a quick 5 minutes shower to refresh.
An hour before the final arrival into Sydney, the crew surprised us with a beautiful heart shaped anniversary cake and champagne mimosa for an ultimate onboard celebration.
We didn’t see this coming at all and felt fully blessed and loved.
A photo with the excellent team looking after us. Especially F/B manager Mariam (She is also the butler onboard) from Tunisia.
Arrival into the shores of Sydney, final moment from the windows over Botany Bay.
The Airbus A380 is an aircraft like no other. Etihad have completely reimagined the travel experience with the A380 in order to offer the ultimate in luxury, comfort and service for their guest.
With a smooth touch down on Rwy34L, the Etihad A380 brought us to our old home, Sydney and our experience with double Apartment came to a sweet end.
I was very impressed of my flight with Etihad with their new aspired in-flight service and offering on this new state of the art aircraft. The crew made an outstanding effort looking after us and made us feel truly loved, blessed and royalty.
I don’t think there will be ever a bad flight experience onboard Etihad A380, the product is just so outstanding and will speak for itself.
Looking forward for more Etihad A380 flight into the future.