Etihad Airways – the world-renowned national airline of the United Arab Emirates. Last year, Etihad Airways, established by Royal (Emiri) Decree in July 2003, carried 18.6 million passengers.
What is so special about Business Class at Etihad? Or to be correct – Business Studios? And why do millions of Business Class passengers choose Etihad’s Business? To answer these questions read our SkyLux Travel Blog to find out everything about Business Class with Etihad Airways.
“The ground-breaking Business Studios on our fleet of A380s and B787 Dreamliners, in particular, have redefined premium air travel, setting a new benchmark for business class travel worldwide.”
When flying Business Class with Etihad Airways you will be either flying on A380 or B787 Dreamliner plane. Business Class or Business Studios of Etihad offer more space for rest and play during the flight, as promised by the airline. The design of the Studio connects simplicity, functionality, and design. The new design of Business Studios also offers 20% more privacy compared with the previous Business Class. You can find a detailed description of Business Class cabin here: 5 Best Business Class Cabins
The Business Studio has Italian-designed leather seats with a massage option. With direct aisle access, each seat can be reclined into a full-flat size. Soft pillows and warm blankets are available on board. Also, seats include an adjustable headrest and back support. The seat configuration of 1-2-1 of Etihad Business Class deserves a better look. As shown below, the seating options vary. You can either choose to sit next to the window or use the storage bin space to sit further.
For a frequent Business Class flyer, such a seating configuration means that you will have either a “window” view or an “aisle” window view. Depending if you are traveling solo or in a pair, you can either raise a motorized privacy divider or choose a seat to enjoy your company. By using such configuration, more privacy for passengers are provided to the guests. Additionally, each seating has a storage space and direct aisle access.
The Upper Deck was designed with an idea of connecting upper-class passengers in one place. The Lobby or bar is a great place to gather together and socialize while enjoying a drink.
The amenity kits
Etihad’s Business Class amenity kit has included Acqua Di Parma products since August 2018. Acqua’s product line for Etihad includes the set of amenity bags and different products. The skincare such as body lotion, shower gel, hand cream, shampoo, conditioner and lip balm, are inside Etihad’s kit. Also Colonia fragrance (1.5 ml), which radiates bright, citrus notes of Italian fruits is included.
The Acqua Di Parma amenity kits are available for passengers traveling Residence on A380 and on long-haul First/Business Class. On long-haul flights, the comfort kit is available by request. It usually consists of a dental kit, sleep pack, socks, an eyeshade, earplugs and shaving kit.
The Etihad’s Business Class entertainment
For entertainment Business Class travelers can enjoy hundreds of hours of on-demand entertainment. Every Business Studio is well-equipped with an interactive entertainment system. With noise-canceling headsets, the entertaining part of the flight is truly enjoyable. And to keep in touch with friends and family – WiFi connectivity (for selected flights) is available onboard.
Depending on the flight and seat you can enjoy entertainment from one of these screens:
- 18.5-inch touch-screen TV (Business Studio)
- 15.4-inch touch-screen TV (Business Flatbed)
- 10.6-inch touch-screen TV (Business Seat)
Etihad’s Atlas and a selection of different newspapers and magazines are also provided onboard.
The Etihad’s Meals
Etihad’s meals are always complimentary in all cabin classes. Any special meals should be ordered more than 24 hours prior to departure. Business class meals preferences are asked before departure. As well as the time when the passenger wants to get the meal served.
Wine & Dine at any time is provided by Etihad’s Food and Beverage managers. All-Day menu Business Class passengers are allowed to choose the time the meal is served, even if they miss the main service. Well-trained hospitality experts in Etihad’s Business Class will guide you through the menu and will help to choose the perfect drink for a meal. Managers on the flights have the best hotels and restaurants in the world experience. Inflight menus are inspired by upmarket bistros from around the globe.
Dine anytime option at Etihad’s Business Class flight is an exclusive option. The travelers can choose any time when to eat from the large range of options. All menu preferences are taken before the flight. Choosing from a la carte menu, it includes also traditional Emirati dishes and healthy options.
Etihad also offers a Chauffeur service for eligible First and Business Class guests in the UAE. The Chauffeur will pick up you at the airport with a full Mercedes Benz fleet. To find out which Airlines also free offers such a service, head to Which Airlines Offer Free Chauffeur Service.
The Etihad’s Lounges
Depending on Airport region the lounges might differ. Etihad Airways lounges can be found worldwide. The highlighted lounge is located at the heart of UAE – Abu Dhabi. It has a First Class Lounge & Spa, Premium Lounge, US Premium Lounge, and Arrivals Lounge.
The key features of the Abu Dhabi airport lounge are:
- International buffet
- Coffee stations
- Six Senses Spa
- Business Center
…and many other facilities to enjoy.
Read a full review on Abu Dhabi Etihad Lounge here: https://www.ausbt.com.au/etihad-airways-business-class-premium-lounge-abu-dhabi-airport-terminal-1-t1-review
Etihad Premium Lounges are at:
- Abu Dhabi
- Los Angeles
- New York
- Washington DC
Baggage and cabin allowance
Baggage allowance may vary with the chosen route. Etihad Airways has changed the baggage allowance since the past year. Instead of 64 kg, now Business Class travelers are allowed to have a maximum 40 kg bag.
Cabin baggage allowance for Business Class or First Class allows:
- 2 X cabin bags with a maximum combined 12 kg and maximum dimensions of 50cm X 40cm X 25 cm sized
- 1 X personal item max 5 kg (e.g. Duty-Free purchase or laptop bag).
When flying Etihad’s Business Class, do not expect a usual Business Cabin, rather a Business Studio with Italian design touches with leather seating and amenity kits. Etihad Business Studio design and product selection strive for an exclusive hospitality level. Well-trained cabin crew and airport lounge staff are there to make the experience memorable.