Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class New York (JFK)-Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class New York (JFK)-Abu Dhabi (AUH)

Flight Review: Etihad Airways Economy Class JFK-AUH

After about an hour (and a few G&T’s) in the Wingtips Lounge, Pat and me headed to gate A3 for our ~12 hour flight to Abu Dhabi!

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Etihad flights depart out of terminal 4 at JFK (along with Singapore, Emirates, El Al, Virgin Atlantic and others).

JFK Terminal 4

*Provided by weekendblitz.com* I think this is one of the best Terminal 4 maps out there.

As you can see in the map above, the Wingtips lounge isn’t identified on the map. If it were, it’d be where the “2” is, the Swiss Lounge. So as you can see, we had to walk back across the terminal, just a quick 5 minute walk to A3.

Boarding for the flight was a little bit of a frenzy. To clarify, the boarding process was actually very smooth – until we got on the plane. People wouldn’t get out of the aisle, were intentionally sitting in other people’s seats, etc. Just a mess. I mean I’ve been on flights where boarding seem unorganized and chaotic, but this wasn’t that. The crew was doing there job, the people were just a disaster and it looked like every other person on the flight had never been on a plane before and didn’t understand to get the hell out of the way!

It didn’t help that Pat and I were seating 30 rows apart from one another. We figured we’d have to go the crazy shuffle of switching with people once on the flight, because it was completely full (every single seat!).

Unfortunately for us, the flight was one of the B777’s operated by Jet Airways (ie. Jetihad). Basically it just lead to an inferior crew, extremely dated seats and “meh” in-flight entertainment (sorry for the spoiler!).

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

There’s the bird to take us to the other side of the world!

Airline: Etihad Airways
Route: EY100 JFK-AUH
Cabin: Y (Economy)
Plane: B777-300ER
Seats: 63H and 63K
Flight time: 12 hours and 45 minutes (landed 20 minutes late)

The funniest part of this is that if you look on the SeatGuru seat map, our row doesn’t exist – and neither does the row in front of us!

Jetihad JFK-AUH EY 100

Where my row be at??

Lo and behold, none of the seat maps I could find online were accurate to this plane (and still aren’t). But it doesn’t really make a difference.

We were the VERY LAST ROW on the plane in row 63. Right next to the bathroom! We felt so blessed. Luckily, it was pretty easy to get someone to switch seats with me (I think I had a window seat somewhere around row 36) considering no one wanted to sit there anyway. I took the window and Pat took the aisle.

I thought it was kind of ironic that we ended up getting the seats we did. I mean, we were on a mistake-fare ticket, and were probably paying less than $100 a person for this 12+ hour flight – so we didn’t have much room to complain!!

Anyway, boarding was started and we were ready for the long flight!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Walking by the business class cabin – wish I was in that one!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Business class cabin – the seats all facing the aisle like that is so strange. I don’t like that herringbone pattern.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

As you can see, we were in for some old seats!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Damn flash – a crappier picture but a different perspective.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

And still walking back…

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Wait are we finally at our seats? Nope – keep walking.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

We’ve finally made it!

After making it to our seats and settling in, I took in the views! Breathtaking.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

No need to make a long trek to the facilities!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Fellow last-rowers.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Boarding chaos is almost over – let’s go!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

About to push back…

On flights like this (10+ hours in economy), you need to have a plan. Basically a, “How am I going to survive almost 13 hours in economy” plan. Mine was pretty simple. Since it was 10 p.m. it only made sense to me to go to sleep. I figured I’d pop a few Tylenol PM Extra Strengths and zonk out for 6+ hours. Then I’d wake up, eat, watch a movie or two, etc. Easy day right? Wrong.

I’ll update you on the success of my plan later, but let’s get on with the review.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

“Amenity Kit”

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Blanket – actually pretty clutch.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Screen – don’t know what it’s saying.

Anyway, back to the plan. Started out successful, I took the Tylenol and passed out for about 6 hours – not great sleep but good enough.

Funny enough, for the first time ever on IFE, I played a couple of the games with the back of the controller. Something that I've always seen and wondered who actually uses it. Well this flight, that was us!

Bed time. Or maybe this was from when I woke up…

I then woke up and grabbed something to eat! 2/2 so far.

Funny enough, for the first time ever on IFE, I played a couple of the games with the back of the controller. Something that I've always seen and wondered who actually uses it. Well this flight, that was us!

Menu!

Funny enough, for the first time ever on IFE, I played a couple of the games with the back of the controller. Something that I've always seen and wondered who actually uses it. Well this flight, that was us!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Dinner? Nothing amazing but did the trick!

I got the chicken. It came with broccoli, carrots and some mashed potatoes, along with some bread and a Hersey’s bar. Not too bad.

Funny enough, for the first time ever on IFE, I played a couple of the games with the back of the controller. Something that I've always seen and wondered who actually uses it. Well this flight, that was us!

Beer.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Getting his meal service on

The IFE system was okay, but nothing great. I don’t feel the selection was very extensive and there was no on-board wifi available.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

 

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Funny enough, for the first time ever on IFE, I played a couple of the games with the back of the controller. Something that I’ve always seen and wondered who actually uses it. Well this flight, that was us! We played both poker and pong against each other in multi-player, and then I played PacMan. Interesting!

Funny enough, for the first time ever on IFE, I played a couple of the games with the back of the controller. Something that I've always seen and wondered who actually uses it. Well this flight, that was us!

PacMan

Funny enough, for the first time ever on IFE, I played a couple of the games with the back of the controller. Something that I've always seen and wondered who actually uses it. Well this flight, that was us!

I watched Big Bang Theory and a few other reruns of shows I’ve already seen before, and just kept trying to kill time. I then watched Minions, which was a pretty good movie! Pat watched a few movies as well.

This is where my plan started to go awry. We still had over 3 hours left! I was ready to get off this plane!

Eventually Pat and I just got up and stood in the back for a while drinking water and talking. That was probably the only advantage to our seats was that we were close to the back of the plane and the open area back there.

Anyway, long story short, we survived!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Almost there!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

I find this one easier to read – just me.

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Not sure what city this is….

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

Next thing we knew we were finally in Abu Dhabi! After a quick taxi we pull up to our gate in terminal 1 and were ready to get off this plane!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

As you can imagine, exiting the aircraft from the back was pretty painful…

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

One more peek of the Business Class seats on the way off!

We made our way through customs and then towards the Premier Inn for out quick 1-night stay!

Flight Review: Etihad Airways (Jetihad) Economy Class JFK-AUH

First signage we saw for the Premier Inn (purple symbol)

Conclusion:

This wasn’t too bad of a flight, all things considered. Considering we pay just over $300 for a R/T flight to Johannesburg, we payed very, very little for this flight. Also, it’s a huge advantage that if you have to sit in economy at least it’s an overnight flight, as it makes it easier to sleep for a good portion of it (at least for me).

The service wasn’t especially good, and the seat was extremely uncomfortable (see: old), but for the price I couldn’t complain!

Have you flown long-haul economy on Jetihad? How was your experience?

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