Review – Etihad A380 Apartments, London – Abu Dhabi

by Zac George
a seat and a couch in an airplane

After spending 3 hours in the lovely Etihad London lounge, It was time to board and head to Abu Dhabi. I’ve flown the apartments six times now but haven’t reviewed them in depth so I made sure I would for this flight. So here is my review of the Etihad A380 Apartments from London – Abu Dhabi.

Etihad’s A380 features only 9 First Class Apartments and 1 Residence meaning unparalleled privacy for all guests. The suites have fully closing doors, a slightly reclining chair for takeoff and landing and a separate 6-foot bed, all in one suite!

a row of rows of chairs on an airplane

Etihad Apartments

For this flight, I got my favourite seat 4A which is forward facing. If you’re travelling as a couple, the best seats for you would be 4A & 3A and 3K & 4K. These suites face each other and have a divider which can be lowered if you want to be closer.  If you’re travelling solo, I would recommend 1H, 2C, 2H, 5H and 5C. But any seat is incredible anyway.

a couch in a plane

Etihad A380 Apartments

The suites are both very comfortable and spacious. You can get up and walk around in your own suite, something you can’t do in any other product on the market.

a seat and a couch in an airplane

Etihad Apartments

The massive sitting chair doesn’t recline flat, but it does recline. It features a massage function and houses the seat controls, window controls and tray table.

a seat in a plane

Etihad Apartments

The main thing people love about the Apartment is the bed. The bed is 6-foot long and comfortable. When you decide to sleep, a crew member will come and make it for you. Etihad uses new mattress toppers, and they are divine!

a couch with a rolled up towel on it

Etihad Apartments

Each apartment features one of the signature Etihad blankets, which is now their most stolen item onboard. I understand why; they are so soft.

a rolled up blanket on a couch

Etihad  Apartments


a tv on a wall

Etihad Apartments


a tv on the wall of a plane

Etihad Apartments

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After getting settled in my suite, I was introduced to Fernanda, the main crew member who would be looking after me on the flight. She was really friendly, and we chatted extensively about the airline, the Residence and general flying. Etihad’s consistently fantastic staff is another reason I love flying them so often.

a tray with food and a napkin on it

Welcome Tray

I was brought a welcome tray which contained warm Arabic coffee, dates, a hot towel and a welcome letter.

a tray with a cup of coffee and a towel on it

Dates, Hot Arabic Coffee, Warm Towel and Welcome Letter

After having some Arabic coffee I was greeted by the Chef, can’t remember his name sorry. He handed me the menus and asked what time I would like to dine and what is my preferred drink to have after takeoff and with the meals.

a group of white menus on a table


Here are the menus:

a menu of a restaurant

a menu of breakfast and lounge snacks

a menu of a restaurant

a white text on a white paper

a menu of wine and desserts

a menu of a drink

a menu with text on it

Now I’ll give you a run down of the seat and suite. On the right side of the seat, you’ll find the touch screen which has seating and lighting controls.

a screen with text on it

Seat and Light functions

Underneath the touch-screen, you’ll find more pre-set seating controls as well as window button for the window shades.

a seat arm rest with buttons and buttons on the side

Seat Controls

Above the seat, you’ll find 1 of 2 IFE remote controls. The second controller is located next to the bed.

a video game console with a screen and buttons

Entertainment Controller

And underneath the the IFE controller you’ll find the headphone port as well as the HDMI & USB ports.

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Headphone Port, HDMI and USB ports

Before takeoff, you are handed pyjamas and slippers. I chose to get changed into them before taking off, and it makes it a little more comfortable to do so.

a black pillow and a bag on a couch

Pyjamas and Slippers

Here are some more pictures of the suite’s components. The suite has a heap of storage, both under the bed and next to the seat. Next, to the seat, you’ll find a draw which can fit phones, passports, wallets, etc.

a drawer with a light in it

Storage Space

Underneath the draw, you’ll find the chilled minibar which unlike it’s competitors is actually chilled.

a drawer with cans and bottles inside

Chilled Drinks

Just above that, you’ll find the In-seat Power point.

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In-Seat Power

And directly below the power, you’ll find a pull-out table which is a fantastic place to put drinks while you’re sleeping.

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Drink Table

Another big aspect of the suite is the vanity mirror which houses all the amenity kit contents.

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Vanity Mirror

Etihad recently changed from their Le Labo first class kits to their new Christian Lacroix and Omorovicza kits which are fantastic.

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New Amenity Kit


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Amenity Kit Contents


a black and white shelf with small objects inside

Amenity Kit Contents

The leather kit really feels luxurious, and the contents are high quality.

a bag and other items on a couch

New Amenity Kit


a group of small brown containers next to a grey bag

Omorovicza Products

The weather in London was absolutely terrible, that morning there was 100 metres visibility, and I was convinced we would be heavily delayed but we left London only 1 hour behind schedule. Pretty great considering the circumstances.

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Lovely London Conditions!

I elected to dine after takeoff to maximise relaxing in the suite. Fernanda brought a snack tray with olives, warm nuts and a refreshing Ice-tea.

a tray with food on it

Warm Nuts, Olives, and Ice-tea

From the bread selection, I chose the Pretzel Bread.

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Pretzel Bread

Lunch started with an Amuse Bouche

a plate of food on a table

Amuse Bouche

For the entree, I went with the tomato soup.

a bowl of soup on a table

Tomato Soup

And the sorbet to cleanse the palette for the main or in my case mains.

a glass with ice on a plate


I was quite hungry, so I decided to go with two main dishes, the chicken biryani and the lamb loin.

a plate of food on a table

Chicken Biryani

As is the norm with Etihad, the food was fantastic, I’ve never been disappointed with the food on the airline.

a plate of food on a table

Lamb Loin

After eating I decided just to sit and relax. The flight landed at 2:00 in the morning in Abu Dhabi so I decided not to sleep on the flight.

a bed with a pillow and a blanket

Apartment Bed

As I said earlier the new mattress pads are fantastic and make the bed really comfortable. I’ve been able to get 11 hours of sleep on it, and I’m usually a light sleeper. When the bed is made, the screen can be moved to face you.

a bed with a tv in the back of it

Apartment Bed


a bed with pillows and a tv on the wall

Apartment Bed

The Chef came and asked how everything was and offered a dessert. At this point I was quite full but how can you turn down dessert? 😉 I asked him to surprise me, and this was the result, A banana split. Awesome!

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Banana Split

Ice-cream, Suits, lie-flat bed at 38,000 feet = AMAZING!

a tv on a bed in an airplane

The side panel has a headphone port and lighting controls.

a light switch with buttons on it

Light and Window Controls

Sadly the flight just isn’t long enough, and soon enough we started our descent into Abu Dhabi. Just before descent I went and got some shots of the lounge and bathrooms.

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a bathroom with a sink and toilet

Bathroom With The Shower

The A380 has two bathrooms for First Class passengers. 1 has a shower; one doesn’t. The one without is often called the change room as it has more space to move around.

a glass door with a light on the side

Onboard Shower

Each passenger can have 5 minutes of water, for this flight I didn’t bother having one. The shower is a saviour on the Sydney – Abu Dhabi flight which lands early. It’s a cool thing to do, and it really does feel strange.

a black and silver door with a round dial

Shower Controls


a bathroom with a sink and a toilet

Change Room


a bathroom with a sink and a mirror

Change Room


a group of brown bottles on a shelf

Omorovicza Products

Before we landed, Fernanda asked if I would like anything before the galley closes and I asked if I could have a coffee to keep myself awake.

a tray with cups and spoons on it

Coffee Before Arrival

I was also brought a hot towel.

a white towel on a plate

Hot Towel

Bottom Line

Again, Etihad show why they are 5 stars. I love how consistent the airline is and I’ve always had a fantastic experience. It’s an airline I get excited about when booking flights on them for myself and clients.



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1 comment

tan February 18, 2017 - 5:56 pm

how do you fly unaccompanied? face any difficulties?

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