I flew with Etihad Airlines on economy class for my winter trip to Europe last December. I have no airline loyalty so far. I always go with the cheapest price point but always with reputable airlines. I tend to stay away from airlines that I’ve had bad experiences with from the past or bad reviews from friends. I have flown with Etihad before but my experience was so-so. It wasn’t exactly great. It wasn’t too bad either. Flying with Etihad Airways this time was a much better experience.
I was at the NAIA airport 3 hours before departure and I’m glad I checked in on-line because the line was way shorter than the regular one. I also make it a point to reserve my seats on the soonest possible time. I don’t want to be seated at the mercy of the airlines agent upon checking in.
The seats were okay. An average built Asian girl like me had enough leg room. The console had Movies, TV shows, music and games. There is always a charger so I never worry that my phone will run out of battery. Flying usually is the time I catch up on movies I wanted to see that I missed when they were shown at the movies.
You will find this on every seat.
Inside is a blanket, the headphones and a sleep tight bag. This was on my Manila to Abu Dhabi flight. My flight from Europe to Abu Dhabi didn’t have it so don’t expect it on every flight.
What’s inside the sleep tight bag is a toothbrush and a toothpaste packet, socks and a sleeping mask. When I flew with them a few years ago, they had them in a black zipped up container.
On the seat pocket, you’ll find the duty free magazine, an in flight magazine, the safety card and the in-flight entertainment magazine.
After take off when the seat belt sign was off, they were handing out hot towels and then the menus. This was the menu from Manila to Abu Dhabi. I was happy to see some local fare like the Tapsilog. 🙂
This was another menu I took a picture of at my Etihad Airways flight.
My Etihad Airways food looks something like this from the menu above. I picked the Penne pasta and Tortellini which was good. The best part of this meal though was the Chocolate Orange mousse.
This is another meal. The fish with green herb sauce and couscous surprised me. I didn’t think it would be really good. I finished the whole thing.
Sometimes before landing, they give you a sandwich or a muffin.
Flying with Etihad Airways this time has been a much better experience from last time. The service has improved. The food is surprisingly good. Emirates Airlines’ food is still the best though. Transiting through Abu Dhabi airport is bearable if you have Airport lounge access. Otherwise, you’re just in this huge room with seats all around, most of them already occupied. Compared to the other major airline airports like Qatar Airways having the newly opened Hamad International Airport and Emirates’ Dubai International Airport. Abu Dhabi’s airport is behind these two. They have some catching up to do.