Etihad Posts

First Time Flying First Class: Etihad Airways 787 First Class Review

           On March 24th, my brother asked me a question I never thought I would hear; "Do you want to go with me to Egypt next week?" Due to his miracle working with the airline award tickets (hince his Award booking Service)  and the fact that my boss is awesome ...
3 Comments

Etihad Airways A320 Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Cairo (CAI)

Etihad Regional Business class on a two class cabin aircraft offers a solid hard and soft product for shorter flights within the Middle East. The seats are similar to recliner seats that used to be found on transatlantic 757s and offer more space and comfort than U.S. domestic flights but lack the ...

Etihad Airways Premium Lounge in Abu Dhabi

The Etihad Airways Premium lounge in Abu Dhabi currently serves both First and Business Class passengers as Etihad is currently remodeling their First class lounge. Despite the First Class lounge closure, the grandiose lounge offers guests a wealth of luxuries when it comes to travel and Etihad ...

Etihad Airways Arrival Lounge Abu Dhabi

After a long flight nothing beats the superfluity of an arrivals lounge, a luxury reserved for only select travelers at very few airports worldwide. Etihad Airways has an arrival lounge at their hub in Abu Dhabi and offers the petite retreat for passengers traveling in business class and first ...

Delta uses India withdrawal to underscore "unfair" practices of Gulf carriers

Editor's note: this is the second installment two-part series assessing the U.S. - India passenger market and aviation strategy, and the impact of Middle East airlines carring 6th freedom traffic between the two countries. Part I, which can be found here, assessed the restoration of Indian ...
6 Comments

FAA upgrades India back to Category I: what will happen next?

Indian carriers finally get their act together to stay compliant within IASA audits 
The US Federal Aviation Authority has restored India to Category I safety ratings after a 14-month downgrade to Category II status following Jet Airways and Air India's failure to comply with standards set ...
2 Comments

Amazing Etihad Ad Featuring Nicole Kidman Angers American Airlines FAs


Etiahd has an amazing new ad starring Nicole Kidman highlighting the revolutionary nature of its A380 First Class product.

Not everyone likes it, though. Laura Glading, the President of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (representing American Airlines and US ...
10 Comments

The Hunt for a Competent American Airlines Agent

Earlier today I posted the following about booking Etihad Airways award space with American Airlines--
American Airlines Cannot Book Etihad Award Space...Again
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways is a wonderful American Airlines AAdvantage partner, offering excellent premium cabin award space ...
5 Comments

Emirates to start Chicago service in August 2014

Emirates will commence daily nonstop services from Dubai to Chicago O'Hare International on August 5th, utilizing a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, according to the Chicago Tribune. 
EK 235 Dep DXB 0945 Arr ORD 1525
EK 236 Dep ORD 2035 ...
8 Comments

Trip Report: Etihad from Johannesburg to Abu Dhabi


After flying from Cape Town to Johannesburg and killing our long layover in JNB, it was time to head for Abu Dhabi en route to the Maldives! Our itinerary was CPT-JNB-AUH-MLE, with the last two segments being on Etihad Airlines. I was really excited about the last two flights, as I had never ...
2 Comments

Philippine Airlines sets sights on flying to Brasil


There has been lots of buzz recently surrounding Philippine Airlines (PAL) and their latest plans to launch flights to Brasil. 
Last week, the Philippine Flight Network, a Filipino-based airline and aviation news source, revealed that the two countries just signed their first ever ...
3 Comments

São Paulo attracts more exotic airlines: airport allure

São Paulo Guarulhos airport (IATA code: GRU) is quite possibly the plane spotter's haven given the diversity in aircraft movements.  The airport continues to attract new service from a growing list of foreign carriers from virtually every continent across the globe.  The airport is ...
3 Comments

Etihad Win Approval for 10% VA Stake

Etihad Airways has been cleared by the Australian government to up its equity stake in Virgin Australia from the current 4.99% it bought earlier this year to a maximum of 10%! This will give Virgin Australia even more foreign ownership with 10% owned by Etihad, 19.9% by Air New Zealand, and 26% by ...
1 Comment

Etihad Guest Engulfs Air Seychelles Plus

In February of 2012 Etihad invested in Air Seychelles and bought a 40% stake in the airline. Now Etihad is upping the ante and incorporating Air Seychelles more than ever before. The first adjustments were Air Seychelles flights to Abu Dhabi and code shares on Etihad's extensive route network, the ...
1 Comment

Etihad and Royal Air Maroc Announce Partnership



Etihad grows again with ANOTHER partnership announced! Just yesterday I wrote about how Etihad is growing a virtual network with code shares and partners all over the world. Unlike Emirates who is the Middle East carrier with few partners, Etihad ...