Updated on October 27, 2015
After a nice, refreshing stop at the Etihad Premium Lounge it was time to board our flight to the Maldives!
Our gate was a short walk from the lounge and it was nice to have business class seats that helped us bypass a huge line of people at the gate. However, as is the case with lots of flights at AUH we had to board a shuttle to get to our plane so we ended up boarding kind of in the middle of the pack. In the end it didn’t matter because we ended up leaving 45 min late for reasons I will explain later.
Park Hyatt Honeymoon Trip Report:
Airline: Etihad Airways
Route: EY278 AUH-MLE
Seats: 2A and 2C
Flight time: 4.5 hours
Katie and I sat in the second of 4 rows in the business class cabin which was about half full on this flight. After siting down we were offered headphones, a blanket, mixed nuts and a refreshing drink, as well as a warm towel and finally champagne.
The seat was not one of their nicer, fully lie flat seats that you will find on their A330 which sometimes flies this route. This was more like a supped up version of a domestic first class seat, so it was a recliner (and reclined pretty far) and had a foot rest. It also had easy to use seat controls.
The seat has a reading light attached, as well as power outlets between the seats and a TV which folds out of the arm rest.
Food, Entertainment and Service
The food was nothing to write home about so I won’t spend much time on it here. We weren’t that hungry because we had just eaten in the lounge and I was glad because the breakfast I had consisted of a croissant, which looked like it had been smashed in a package for a long time, 2 pieces of bread, and a muffin (can’t remember what kind) which was pretty good. Katie had the fruit which she said was fine but nothing special. We both decided to pass on the main course.
In terms of the entertainment, there was a large selection of movies, TV shows, music, etc, similar to our First Class flight. I ended up watching Whiplash, which I thought was really good.
Finally, the service was fine, also nothing special, but then again it was a 4 hour flight so there wasn’t much we needed.
So, as I mentioned above, our flight was delayed 45 minutes. Just as the flight attendants were about to close the door there was a yell “Is there a doctor on the plane?!” As I looked back I saw 2 women attending to a middle aged gentleman in the first row of coach. I immediately went back to see him and found that one of the woman there was actually a nurse. The man had been having abdominal pain and had actually passed out for a moment in his seat. The decision was finally made that the man and his family should be let off the plane for further workup.
The problem was, that by the time a transport had come to get the family (15-20min) he was feeling better, but the decision had been made and he was forced to leave, which made he and his family really angry (this was the only Etihad flight to Male that day). After a calm, but heated discussion with the crew the family departed and we were able to leave.
Apparently during all of this one of the more elitist business class passengers covered in a fur coat ( to the beach, really?) was for some reason complaining to the people around her about me trying to help and that the man needed an actual doctor. Which my wife happily informed her that she didn’t know what she was talking about and that I was indeed a doctor!
This is now the second time (first being on our first class SQ flight) that people have had a really hard time believing I’m a doctor. Must be my youthful good looks 😉
We had a perfectly good flight to Male and since it was our honeymoon I am glad we flew in business class. However, since the flight was only 4 hours, if I had to do it again I wouldn’t use the extra miles and certainly would not pay the extra money for this flight. Now, Joe’s will be part of his same ticket that got him to Abu Dhabi so in that case it’s a no brainer because there is no cost difference. They do sometimes fly their A330 on this route with their nicer fully flat seat which could make a difference, but otherwise save you miles or money and go coach.
NEXT UP: Our customs and lounge experience in Male before heading to the Park Hyatt!!