Updated on May 28, 2016
Etihad Airways Business Studios AUH-IAD
It’s finally here – the last post of this series! It’s been a long time coming and I apologize for the delay, so let’s get to it!
After a good 1.5 hours or so in the Etihad U.S. Pre-Clearance Lounge, we were told by the lounge agents that we should begin to make our way to the gate!
When we approached the gate, boarding for first class had just finished and they were currently boarding for the business studios – perfect timing!
Airline: Etihad Airways
Route: EY131 AUH-IAD
Seats: 11E and 11F
Flight time: 14 hours and 4 minutes
Now this would be a first from me on two different levels: first time in long-haul business class and first time on a 787!
We boarded through the door immediately behind first class and took a right into the business class cabin!
As I mentioned in the last post, we weren’t quite feeling 100% during this whole process. But don’t worry, I still got pictures for a review!
The cabin was quite well appointed. For some reason “sleek” and “smart” were the first words I thought of to describe it.
Upon getting into our seats, we were offered champagne. Although I felt truly terrible at this point, I will never, ever turn down champagne.
Now, let’s take a look at the seat.
What I found out was that the tray table had parts of it that were magnetic so it would catch your silverware – awesome idea.
After receiving our welcome champs, we were immediately greeted by Ruhan, the food and beverage manager. He introduced us to our purser, Ijla. She was great during the flight – mostly just dealing with me being all pathetic and sick.
The announcements came through (as they always do on Etihad) and told us how many languages the crew spoke that day. Who guessed over 20? The magic number was 22, including the popular ones, but also some good ones like Filipino and Portuguese!
Amenity Kit, IFE and more seat stuff:
The amenity kit wasn’t anything special, but it was nice, and seemed to be good quality. But let’s be honest, I have no idea what I’m talking about.
When we arrived at our seats we found that everyone in the premium cabins was given a card for free wifi! That was fantastic.
Similar to my and Jaime’s flight in the Apartments during our honeymoon, these seats also had a touch screen next to the seat that could control the whole suite.
Now I’m not going to do like my brother does and take 593,039 pictures of the different IFE screens, but I’ll give you a few just to see how sweet the screen is.
Pretty much right after we took off I went from feeling bad, to straight up miserable. I had ordered the steak and a soup. But upon getting the soup, I took one bite and told her she could take it away. She looked at me with a puzzled face wondering why I didn’t want to eat it (it really was delicious)!
However, before I fell asleep I was able to get the menu pictures you animals always want. Then, upon waking up, took a picture of my sandwich.
When I woke from my much-needed slumber, I tried to order a steak, but they had run out. Instead I got this pretty delicious sandwich. A steak sandwich.
Pat and I also tried to order vanilla ice cream….but they were out….I want a refund.
Now, as many people in travel will tell you, the most important aspect of business class is usually the hard product, and more specifically the comfort of the seat for sleeping. This is especially the case for 10+ hour flights (especially 14+…).
I can say I slept for 7+ straight hours in this seat. Yes I was on a whirlwind of emotion some call a hangover, and hadn’t slept much the night before, so my views may be skewed, but I thought the bed was fantastic and the studio itself very comfortable.
The bed was so comfortable, in fact, that I was able to sleep through the ambitious baby in the first row of economy who tried to break the all-time record for consecutive hours crying. Luckily, I think once she realized Guinness World Records wasn’t on board she stopped after only 13 hours. Quitter.
As I pointed out earlier, Ijla, along with the other pursers, did a pretty good job. However, there was a family of 7 with 5 kids that had two business class seats….that somehow all 7 of them used. The kids were constantly running up and down the aisles, switching seats, yelling, etc. Not a huge deal, and obviously I still had an awesome flight, but I was surprised none of the pursers said a word.
This flight was fantastic. Although it was the first and only long-haul business class flight I’ve been on and have nothing to compare it to, I can’t imagine there being a business class better than this – although possibly those massive SQ seats.
Now we did take a 5.5 hour business class flight on Cathay Pacific and it was great, but doesn’t compare to this experience in the slightest.
Have you flown in the Etihad Business Studios? Is there a better long-haul business class?