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Depart: 10:00PM
Arrive: 3:40AM (+1 day)
Duration: 4hr10min
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Seat: 4F (Business Class)

At the forward door, I was greeted by the cabin manager and pointed towards my seat, 4F. Etihad’s business class cabin on the A320 consists of a total of 16 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2 configuration.


Etihad A320 business class cabin

For aircraft mostly operating regional flights, Etihad’s A320s have very good legroom in business class. Unfortunately, the airline isn’t installing flat beds on their narrowbody aircraft but for a quick flight, this is a solid product, and much more comfortable than what you’d find in the Jet Airways.


Etihad A320 business class seats


Etihad business class seats A320

I like how the seatback pocket has several small pockets, so that you place your phone in one, laptop in the other, etc.


Etihad business class seats A320

The tray table can be released from the far armrest, and can be folded over in half.


Etihad business class tray table

Then between seats, there’s a small drink tray, which is perfect for a pre-departure drink.


Etihad business class drink tray

The seat controls are located on the far sides of the seats, and are quite easy to use.


Etihad business class seat controls

Then to the sides of the center armrests were the entertainment controls.


Etihad business class entertainment controls

Underneath seats and in front are the headphone jacks as well as power outlets, with both a 110v and USB outlet.


Etihad business class power outlets and headphone jacks

Waiting at my seat upon boarding were an excellent pillow and blanket.

Etihad business class pillow & blanket

There were also some headphones.


Etihad business class headphones

As I had a connecting flight from Munich via Abu Dhabi. There was no way I could have time for the lounge. There was only space of 40 minutes between those two flights. For that I had to get from the previous flight and make a dash in middle of peak hours to my gate on the other side. 

When I reach my gate, I come to know that my flight has been delayed and I made an unnecessary dash. As the flight was at a remote gate, basically we had to take the bus to the plane. 

Around this time pre-departure drinks were served, with the choice between water, orange juice, or lime-mint juice. I chose the lime-mint juice, which was refreshing. I requested for extra serving.

Etihad business class pre-departure drinks

A moment later hot towels were distributed. Then a few minutes later meal orders were taken.


Etihad business class warm towel

Remote stand Abu Dhabi

Parked a few stands over was a very cool PIA A320 in a retro livery.

Special livery PIA A320 Abu Dhabi Airport

As we pushed back the safety briefing was screened. I guess one advantage of having a remote stand so far from the terminal is that we had a really short taxi.

View after takeoff from Abu Dhabi

As we climbed out I checked out the entertainment selection. The personal televisions are located underneath the center armrest.

Etihad A320 business class entertainment system

Etihad inflight entertainment selection

The selection was pretty good and largely mirrored that on the previous flight from Munich.


Etihad inflight entertainment selection


Etihad inflight entertainment selection

The meal service began about 1 hour into the flight as we were experiencing some turbulence after takeoff. Since this was a late night flight, they didn’t first do a round of drinks with nuts, but rather went straight for serving the meal along with a drink.

The menu read as follows:

The drink list read as follows:

My entire meal, including the appetizer, main course, dessert, and a breadbasket, were served on one tray. I just had a glass of water to drink.

Etihad business class meal

I didn’t feel like eating Bhutta Methi Palak as my meal and hence I opted to go straight for dessert and Arabic Mezze. They didn’t have baklava on this flight although it was listed on the menu. I did take some garlic bread. 

The mezze was good, though at this point it was my third mezze in less than 24 hours, so…

 

The mezze was good, though at this point it was my third mezze in less than 24 hours, so…


Etihad business class meal

The meal consisted of bhutta methi palak, with chakunder tikki, maa ki dal, and saffron rice. I didn’t like it at all as it was too spicy for me. 


Etihad business class meal

There was a nice bread selection to accompany that.


Etihad business class meal

For dessert there was a light mango coconut mousse cake.


Etihad business class meal

I requested for the ice cream but they were out of the ice cream. 

Service was Ok. The flight felt too dark for me. There were two flight attendants working business class. However, the lady serving me had really bad breath every time she spoke. Plus I wasn’t able to understand her clearly.  This is a really not glamorous trip for the crew to work, as they fly to Bangalore and back overnight.

My meal was totally done about 75 minutes after takeoff. At that point I checked out the lavatory, located at the front of the cabin, which was in pristine condition.

Etihad A320 lavatory

I was finding the seat uncomfortable as I was really tired and wanted to get a nap. However, it was really hard to get a nap as seat was not lie flat like I had in previous flight fro Munich to Abu Dhabi.

Etihad A320 business class bottom line

I am in no way complaining as seat is far better than what I would get on Jet Airways flight. Plus pillow and seat is way more comfortable than jet Airways 737s business class that they fly on the same route. However, at night I would prefer lie flat as I still can’t sleep on flights comfortably which surprised me. 

I wish the lady serving me didn’t have bad odor though. There is no nice way to to tell flight attendant about the bad breath. Also, I am surprised that they ran out of the food on the flight. That wasn’t expected.

Overall, the product was great but I do wish I had taken Emirates instead of Etihad as they do have amazing seats even in economy.

 

 

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