Posted on March 11, 2016
Flight Review: Etihad Airways “Jetihad” Economy Class AUH-JNB
**This will be a pretty short post. Being it was an economy flight pretty similar to the last one, I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures**
After an enjoyable time in the Al Dhabi Lounge, it was time to head to gate 29 to hop on the flight to Johannesburg!
This would be both of our first trips to Africa! This was actually Pat’s first trip out of the country and I had never been to Africa before, so we were excited to say the least!
Airline: Etihad Airways (Operated by Jet Airways)
Route: EY606 AUH-JNB
Cabin: Y (Economy)
Seats: 26 A&G
Flight time: 8 hours and 30 minutes
We entered through the forward door and walked through business class on the way back to the steerage! This was another packed flight! All said and done I think I counted maybe five empty seats on the entire plane.
Boarding was much smoother than the last flight. I was actually up near row 20 on the other side of the plane and had to do the boarding drug deal to get a seat next to Pat. Successful once again!
I’m not sure what it was, but this flight really seemed to fly by. I’m assuming because it was an all daytime flight, but it really felt like maybe 4-5 hours, not 8 1/2.
Anyway, let’s get to the economy “amenities”.
I will say that the headphones on this flight were significantly better than the flights from JFK. It’s strange to me considering they’re both “Jetihad” flights, but both the headphones and blanket were much better on this flight.
Along with the blanket, we also actually got little neck pillows. I forgot to take a picture of them, but the combination of these three things made a big difference from the last flight.
After a few Fosters it was time to look at the menu!
In all reality, the beer selection available was Fosters, Heineken, and Amstel Light. The funny part was that every category on the menu was specific, but under beers it just said “A selection of beers”. I think I might have even made the terrible joke of saying I’d take the selection of beers. Lost in translation?
Being that we don’t ever, ever get Fosters in the US (unless I’m provided it for free), I figured I’d get my yearly fill of them. I did, however, switch to Amstel Light for lunch….I’m not a barbarian.
For lunch I went with the chicken breast with garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread and steamed veggies!
With lunch over I now had about 6 1/2 hours still left on the flight. Pat was able to get a little bit of sleep – I wasn’t that lucky.
First up in my adventure of killing another 6+ hours – TV binging for as long as I could.
After a few more shows I ended up just playing on my phone, reading magazines I didn’t really care about, and generally just spacing out and taking pictures of the moving map on the IFE.
The overall service on this flight was actually very solid. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have the world’s best flight the previous day, but everything on this flight just seemed better – a much more enjoyable experience. That says a lot considering I was awake and bored to tears for the entirety of an 8 1/2 hour flight.
Next thing I knew we were finally on the ground in Africa!
Overall, this flight was pretty boring, but I’d take it again in a heartbeat. The crew was fantastic, the little amenities were a pleasure coming from U.S. airlines, and the price was unbeatable.
We were ready to head to our hotel! Now just to find out how to get the Uber with no internet….