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Emirates & Etihad Economy Class Comparison  
User currently offlineEK-A380 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 163 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 10999 times:

Hi,

I wanted to get some feedback and to make some comparisons between Emirates and Etihad's Economy Class Service.

Anyone been on both carriers recently, if so whats your view on this please...

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User currently offlineStylo777 From Turkey, joined Feb 2006, 2904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10946 times:

EY more legspace, 3-3-3 seating on their B777 instead of 3-4-3 (EK config), huge PTV and all in all EY more better than EK. Only one exeption: if you fly with one of their factory built aircrafts (A332, A345, B77W). The leased or second-hand aircrafts are not that good.

User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 10912 times:

From what I hear, EIthad offers a rather good product that is superior to the EK offering in coach. While EK grabs a lot of headlines, their coach product is nothing special at all and is inferior to many other international ""world"" carriers. Eithad seems to want to offer a better product in coach and is a little less focused on quanitity of passengers and more interested in a quality service. Both of these airlines are very young and I am sure that the products will be fine-tuned. ALthough I am not a big fan of EK's Y class (especially the 10 abreast config on the 777s in Y).....they do offer one of the most advanced premium products around.

Quoting Stylo777 (Reply 1):
EY more legspace, 3-3-3 seating on their B777 instead of 3-4-3 (EK config), huge PTV and all in all EY more better than EK. Only one exeption: if you fly with one of their factory built aircrafts (A332, A345, B77W). The leased or second-hand aircrafts are not that good.

Good point.....EY 's leased in fleet does not have many of the features that they promote, leading to an inconsistent product, this will of course change over time as EY accepts delivery of more newbuild airplanes. Another benefit in EY's favor (at the moment) is that many of their flights are still operating with light bookings.....lots of reports of 773s and A332s flying around with less than 100 pax.....which results in a comfortable flight. When flying in Y, there is nothing nicer than spreading out in 3 or 4 seats; this will change.


User currently offlineAntskip From Australia, joined Jan 2006, 910 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10796 times:

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 2):
From what I hear, EIthad offers a rather good product that is superior to the EK offering in coach. While EK grabs a lot of headlines, their coach product is nothing special at all and is inferior to many other international ""world"" carriers.

Have you not flown on both airlines; and yet you are comparing them? I haven't flown on EU, but have flown on EK a dozens of times over many years, and find EK economy a very fine product - distinctly superior at least to my many experiences QF and NZ, admittedly their "Tasman" versions.

Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 2):
Both of these airlines are very young

EK began in 1985.


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10760 times:

Quoting Antskip (Reply 3):

Have you not flown on both airlines; and yet you are comparing them? I haven't flown on EU, but have flown on EK a dozens of times over many years, and find EK economy a very fine product - distinctly superior at least to my many experiences QF and NZ, admittedly their "Tasman" versions.

I have flown on EK and not EY, but have spoken with many people that have travelled with EY.....the unamious opinion is that Eitihad is much better at this point in time in coach (read my full post above where I mention EK's premium cabins). And my opinion differs with yours......EK is absolutely nothing special with its coach product. And as a fair comparison, compare EK's product with the longhaul products offered by NZ and QF and other world carriers.....most of EK's services are longer range (except for their trans-tasman adventure and some intra-gulf regional services.) And, many people (myself included) have a huge problem with EK's 10 abreast seating on the 777s in coach (its simply uncomfortable).

Quoting Antskip (Reply 3):
EK began in 1985.

And has only become a major world player due to intense expansion in recent years.


User currently offlineSQ325 From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 1447 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10734 times:

I' ve been on both but i was so unlucky getting an ex SIA A340 on the FRA-AUH sector.
Especially on EKs A330 and older B772 the Y product is not the best and compareble to EYs in the older aircrafts.
So taking into consideration that the new ACs are better i would rate EY as the better choice!
On EK I' ve been on the B772, A330 and A340-500
EK is fine but I will definitly give EY another try using a newer AC


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10649 times:

It actually depends on what one is looking for...EK's seats might not be as wide, but their B773ER's have 34' pitch, which is hard to beat in cattle class.....


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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 901 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10479 times:

I have been on both and also on the "rented" Etihad plane. There is no doubt on the Etihad owned aircarft the Y seating and so on is by far superior to Emirates. The inflight screen in Y is superb. The only thing that lets it down is perhaps the catering.Some of the flights have not been thought through ..MAN-AUH is an morning flight, so you get a breakfast. However most passengers who have had to endure a 2/3 hour chekcin will have had a breakfast at the airport so a lunch style meal would be better. However on the return flight they have it right. Quick light meal after take off (0200) then a hot bigger meal prior to landing in MAN. Emirates from BHX was O.K. but I did not think the seats were as good in Y

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