After the Freddie Awards, I was headed home through Abu Dhabi and Doha to fly on the world’s longest flight to Auckland. I was supposed to be flying out of Washington but due to the weather, I made the last minute decision to fly out of JFK instead. Luckily there was availability and American were happy to assist the change. For this flight, it cost me 115,000 AAdvantage miles.
I was excited to fly out of New York as I hadn’t visited the JFK lounge before so I was able to review that.
Etihad’s First Class on their 777 feature 8 closed suites in a 1-2-1 configuration. The suites are the same design which is found on the A340 and select A330’s.
At the time of booking, it was showing F6 meaning the there were only 2 passengers booked but by the time of departure, every seat was taken.
I selected seat 1K for this flight.
After I was seated the crew came around to greet passengers and offer some Arabic coffee.
As well as the coffee, the crew will ask if you’d like a pre-takeoff beverage. Your beverage is placed at your seat along with some dates, a hot towel and a welcome letter signed by the purser.
The crew will also offer a pair of pyjamas and your amenity kit. Etihad has now rolled out their new Amenity Kits across the whole long-haul fleet as they were previously only available on the A380.
The departure out of JFK was quite rough for some reason but we quickly climbed to our cruise altitude and the service started shortly thereafter. After takeoff, I choose to have an Orange Fizz mocktail and it was brought out with some hot nuts and olives.
Of course, I couldn’t not watch my beloved Suits 😉
The meal service started with a selection of warm breads:
Then came the Amuse Bouche which was really quite interesting both in look and taste:
I continued with the Orange Fizz mocktail and still water:
For the appetiser I went with the Duck Rillette:
In between the appetiser and the main course, a lemon sorbet was provided.
And for the main course, I had the chef’s special steak.
And finally, for dessert I choose strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice-cream.
After the meal service, I got my laptop out of my bag and was going to start working, however, the Wif wouldn’t work. I tried waiting and it kept failing. I asked the crew what was happening with it and they didn’t know either. Instead, I decided to get my bed made and get some well-needed sleep.
I really do love the star effects in the cabin.
I managed to sleep for 10 hours which I was really impressed with considering I hadn’t slept much the past few days. The crew noticed I had woken up and asked if I would like anything to eat or drink. I choose to have a black coffee and some pastries.
Shortly after having my coffee, the cabin started to get brighter and the cabin crew started to prepare the cabin for arrival. Here are a few more in-depth photos of the suite:
The suite has a small minibar type of setup with some small snacks and water. The dissapointing part about the minibar is that it isn’t chilled. It’s more a storage compartment for snacks and drinks.
Each seat has it’s own reading light and also has its own air-vent which does work unlike China Eastern‘s 😉
On the right of the seat, you’ll find the seating control panel.
Also on the right side of the seat is where the IFE remote, In-seat power, headphone jack and USB power outlet is found.
Even though the seat is aged, it’s still extremely comfortable. In my opinion, it’s softer than the A380’s seat and bed.
Each suite has closing doors to maximise privacy. The suite looks a little cramped but it’s the complete opposite. I find it to be a little more spacious over Emirates’ suites.
In the amenity kit, you’ll find: a dental kit, a shaving kit, socks, eye mask, lip balm, hand cream, a comb, ear plugs and a sleep/relax kit.
To the left of the seat if where the closet/hanger space is found.
This flight was enjoyable but not one of the best flight’s I’ve taken on Etihad. The crew seemed to keep more to themselves and weren’t too friendly which is a shame. The other thing that annoyed me was the lack of wifi, on other carriers I’ve been told before takeoff that the wifi isn’t working but there was nothing on this flight. You’re better than this Etihad…