Airline: Etihad Airways
Route: Karachi to Abu Dhabi
Flight number: EY 222
Aircraft: Airbus A320 - A6-EIA
Date: Dec 27, 2011
Dep: 0520 Actual 0550
Arr: 0645 Actual 0710
Scheduled Flying time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Actual Flying time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Saying goodbye to family can be hard and especially more difficult when having just spent Christmas and Boxing day with them. With the final goodbyes said, I headed for the security check of bags and your person, prior to admittance to the check in desk areas. The Etihad check in desk was not very busy and before long I put my sole middle sized suitcase on the weighing scale and saw it get tagged when I had to take it back off and take to another security screening. With my boarding pass issued to Toronto as well, and this time a window seat without too much fuss compared to almost losing the window seat on the inbound. The bags were put on the belt near the second security area away from the check in desk and were carefully examined by another security personnel by X-ray before they disappeared behind him and where I would see them once again in Toronto.It was then to Immigration, a photo taken with a desktop computer camera (no smile needed, thank you!), next passport control with your exit stamp and then to the departure gate. I waited a bit in this area past passport control and near the Duty free shops as the views outside the window can be good, and I saw a Turkish Airbus A330-200 push back on it's way to Istanbul from Dhaka. I should have taken a pic, but It wouldn't have really been a good one since the lights from inside the terminal reflected on the glass. A long walk to the departure gates one of two satellite buildings which are broken by domestic and International.At the gate it was another security check of your person & hand carry (to see if the baggage stamp was applied to your baggage tag, and failure of this results in you going back to the check in counters to get it stamped)
I was meeting a new a.netter who was taking an Omar Air Business Class flight to London. (His trip report is already posted on here) I waited for him while outside I saw the Turkish Airline A330-200 thunder down 25L and climb into the night sky. My friend soon arrived, we chatted a bit. The flight had arrived late from Abu Dhabi at almost 0410 just like my inbound flight, so I saw it land and then taxi to the gate. By the time the arriving passengers had deplaned it would have been the time we should have actually been getting on. Soon the boarding announcement was made and after a quick tear of the boarding card and a smile, and one final check by security of the stamp on the boarding card with the stamp on the baggage tag of your luggage it was down the air bridge to the waiting jet. There was a lot of security checks but everything was carried out very nicely unlike the sometimes screaming security agents you find in our part of the world. Fortunately at Toronto it has been more like back home, so I can't complain.
Welcome screen on seat back videos on Etihad Airbus A320
Economy Class seat on the Regional Airbus A320. I love these soothing colours on the A320s compared to the earth tone colours on the long haul jets.
Obligatory leg room shot
Jinnah International Terminal - Karachi airport.
The greeting on board was fairly warm and on this flight today we would have four crew from Russia, Romania, Scotland and Lebanon. The Lebanese purser and the Scottish lad would be in Business, while the Russian female and the male from Romania would be serving us. The Russian looked amazing in her uniform exactly how you see them portrayed in their advertisements, smart and smiling. However the smile was lacking slightly, but she attended her duties professionally. A woman from business class came to our front economy section and asked if the older woman sitting in Economy who was accompanying her could come and sit with her Business Class. The Russian FA politely told her that this was not possible as Business was full. I could not tell if all seats were indeed full, but chuckled at how this woman indeed had the nerve to ask for this to happen. Across the aisle from where the older woman sat was another older woman, and at one point both tried to grab the attention of the Russian FA who was passing by. They both wanted things out of the overhead bin and with hands outstretched they managed to slightly tick the Russian FA off, who lifted her hands towards herself and said "Wait..please wait" looking sideways at both, before turning to the woman across the aisle, attended to her need and then attended to the woman in the row in front of me. It was a bit frustrating to see how they both wanted her to help them at the same time!
The competition across from our Etihad jet. (Gulf Air, Qatar & Oman Air were on the other side and out of view)
We left the gate at 0540 some twenty minutes after our scheduled departure time. The departures that morning were from 25L but when we taxied out to 25L, we actually turned and headed down to the other side of the runway towards 07R. It seemed like a last minute change in take off direction took place. So after a fairly long taxi we departed at 0550. We climbed into the still dark wintery sky and some areas around the airport were plunged in darkness due to power failures. Otherwise the lights of Karachi stretch for miles, giving an amazing view on take off.
Airborne out of 07R out of KHI
Landing lights off.
Anti-collision Beacon light
Inflight entertainment standard on these regional Airbuses
Breakfast service. Just the like the inbound bags of goodies were distributed and no tray service.
Contents of the bag- Like the inbound the contents of the silver bag was really horrible in taste. I still have no idea what I ate, but the chocolate muffin, strawberry yogurt and banana were fine.The mixed fruit drink was equally vile! However, I should not complain as you nothing on North American carriers so what I got here was a banquet in comparison.
First early morning light out of the East as we head west. Always love to see that orange line pierce the dark night sky.
Landing lights back on as we begin our descent into Abu Dhabi
We touched down into Abu Dhabi airport's runway 31L around 0710 which still gave me ample time before my departure to Toronto at 1020 local time.
At the remote stand in Abu Dhabi
Passengers deplaning from the aircraft across from our jet which arrived from Trivandrum - Zoomed in shot.
2012 Formula 1 Etihad Airways - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix titles
The last time I was very sternly told to put my camera away. This time I took a shot once inside the waiting bus of our Airbus A320-200 A6-EIA
The tail section of A6-EIA
We were bussed from the aircraft to the terminal with the gorgeous views of the apron, however the large advertisements on the outside of the bus ruined the views a bit and made photo taking a bit of a pain.
At the terminal there was a further security check before entering terminal 3. Once through, we were in the terminal where the large ceiling to floor windows allowed unobstructed views of the runways. I really love this about Abu Dhabi airport. And if you are lucky to get one of those seats that you can stretch out on, spotting from them makes it all the more comfortable. I managed to find one of those seats near the children's play area, where some excited kids, unlike their tired parents screamed and played. Had I to take this seat to get some shut eye, it would have been quite impossible, though the occupant a seat away from me, was snoring and purring gently like some of the jets outside their windows gently starting their engines.
Some views out of the window when roaming around the terminal. I saw this jet at the gate as soon as I got passed security and I kind of figured out this was probably our jet to Toronto
Etihad Boeing 777-300ER A6-ETD
A6-ETD Landing gear details
Etihad Airbus A340-600 A6-EHF
Nose gear detail of the gorgeous Airbus A340-600. How I wish I was flying on her instead
Gorgeous Rolls Royce Trent 500 on the Airbus A340-600
A6-ETB getting ready for a long haul somewhere. Perhaps the Far East?
A6-ETB pushed back
Etihad Airbus A330-200 A6-EYM making it's way to the active runway. Another Fast East jet?
Details of the front
Royal Jet Boeing 737 (BBJ) being towed with part of the Abu Dhabi tower in the background
Etihad Airbus A330-300 A6-AFC departing to either CDG or GVA. Totally missed the flying aubergine taking off when I first got to the lounge
Back at the gate. The Electronic signs near the gate no longer display the flight details. Just a board with the details are now placed in the front.
Close up details of our ride to Toronto A6-ETD. Notice the 40th Anniversary - Spirit of the Nation stickers pass the L1 doors. For no apparent reason I was unable to get a good shot of it.
Details of the tail of A6-ETD
Nose gear details once again of A6-ETD
Captain Henry or Eric who will be taking us on our trip to Toronto. (Name announced later in flight, not that I already knew him lol)
flightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 849 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 3 weeks ago) and read 9658 times:
Part 2 of 3: Abu Dhabi to Toronto
Airline: Etihad Airways
Route: Abu Dhabi to Toronto
Flight number: EY 141
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER - A6-ETD
Date: Dec 27, 2011
Dep: 1020 Actual 1044
Arr: 1550 Actual 1558
Scheduled Flying time: 14hours 30 mins
Actual Flying time: 14 hours 14 mins
Seat no: 19K
Down the Air bridge to a glorious view of the aircraft and my ride to Toronto.
Around the bend and views of the tail. Notice the F1 titles are of 2011
Gorgeous GE-90s which would become the object of my affection for the next 14 hours. I'd be gazing lovingly at it at every moment I looked out the window!! Of course the starboard side engine would be my passion not this one!! Notice the darker shade engine cowling. Etihad's aircraft used to be a shade darker than the current colour scheme.
At the door were a crew of three including the female purser on this flight. She was Asian and looked very smart in her gorgeous Etihad uniform! I asked if I could photograph the trio and at once she hid herself back behind the opening of the aircraft door after she quickly said she was a little shy to have a photo taken, but left it to the other two to take one if they wanted to. I didn't push it any further but stepped forward put my camera away from them, at which points she appeared forward again, smiled and welcomed me on board and I then proceeded to show them my boarding card. "Go straight ahead and turn right" the male FA of the group said, and which is of course what I did!
The seat at the side of me remained vacant, and I was truly hoping no one would come. In front of me a drama started to unfold. A woman with two children one in her arms, and one in the window seat in front of me and she kept asking each passing FA if she could sit in the seats in front, with the bassinets. All seats in front were occupied and the FAs tried to console her that these were indeed full. Moments later an FA came by, the one who had spent most of the time with her assuring he would do all he could to move her if possible, and when he tried to speak to her, she had somehow slumped backwards into her seat and he poked her shoulder gently his fingers and she did not respond. He clearly became alarmed and tried to shake her to make her respond. I think she had passed out from exhaustion as she then came around, and had she not at that time, there might have been a medical emergency declared on board which would have delayed our flight. In the meantime the vacant middle seat was occupied by a young Saudi, who was traveling on holiday to Toronto.
On board EY-141 to Toronto.
Another Boeing 777-300ER pushed back ahead of us
Etihad Formula 1 painted Airbus A340-600 with the old terminal and Abu Dhabi International Airport signage on the building
We lined up at Runway 31L at Abu Dhabi and departed some 24 minutes late.
Departing Abu Dhabi with the Formula 1 Yas Marina circuit below us
Some more views immediately after take off
These photos do justice to the sheer size of those engines
Beginning our trek across the Persian Gulf, the highway of flights in and out of the UAE, as well as those crossing over the area. We would pass this area flying at 28000ft.
1048 (Times in AUH local time will reflect be reflected in this report).
Four minutes since departure. Total flying time to Toronto 14 hours and 10 minutes.
Over the Persian Gulf
Halfway through the Persian Gulf crossing
Crossed to the other side from the UAE to the border of Iraq
Starting our crossing over Iraq
By now two female FAs had come to the assistance of the woman with two children in front of me and had asked two adults, probably part of a family travelling together if they would not mind being separated to allow the woman and her children to sit in those seats. They obliged and took the two seats in front of me while the woman put the baby in the bassinet on the wall in the front of the four middle seats configuration and I think was relieved she did not have to carry the infant for the entire duration of the 14 hour flight.
1154: Lunch served over Iraq. Here is the menu card.
I opted for the Chicken Stroganoff. It was quite good actually.
Across the aisle from me I heard a lone male voice say in a demanding tone "Meat". The FA serving my area smiled back and apologetically said "Sir we have no meat, just chicken, fish and vegetable"..Oh dear, here was a passenger demanding something that wasn't even on the menu card, and was apparently requesting beef. A man and his meat can never be separated lol. The female FA attending was another Etihad's finest FAs who smiled all through the flight, interacted with each passenger and even communicated in Arabic with those starting the conversation in the carrier's mother tongue.
1321: Etihad's dedicated dessert service- As always very welcome after a good meal. Of course no sleep for me this time. Too much to look outside the window.
Overflying Baghdad. It is a pity it was not on my side of the aircraft
Passing by some Iraqi town nestled between the mountains
Starting to see some snow capped mountains. This was probably over Turkey some time later in the flight.
flightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 849 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9601 times:
Part 3 of 3: Mountain splendour and the Atlantic crossing
Progress of the flight
Over the Adriatic Sea. These flights usually go more north over the Black Sea. Not sure why it took such a southern route this time.
Luckily for me this southern routing meant we went over the Italian and Swiss Alps. It was a sheer delight to be treated to views of the mountain splendour that we overflew.
The view keeps getting better
I could view this all day long
The gorgeous GE-90 against the backdrop of the mountain splendour. This was the only time I actually forgot about the GE-90 that I had otherwise being gazing at during most of my flight
Zoomed in shot of the town of Arosa, Switzerland.I had to google earth this to match the photo with the landscape on the software. The frozen Obersee lake in the top. Further research indicated Sir Arthur Conan Doyle skied in the area!!
Continuing over the breathtaking views. Notice the towns just near the upper part of the engines
Not sure which town this is but there it seems accessible by air as I see a runway.
Final shot of the amazing views below
Overview of what we had flown over
And an even broader view of our path in general
1802: Chicken sandwich Snack served halfway through. The bags were cleared an hour later.
Over Ireland and soon to begin our Atlantic Crossing
Clean washroom on Etihad Airways
Advertising of Etihad Guest on it's jets
Another advertisement of Etihad Holidays
Over the Atlantic. Cloudy skies below and no view of the blue expanse of the ocean.
Map details when over the Atlantic
2040: Etihad's Creamy Caramel Popcorn served over the Atlantic
I slept partly over the Atlantic and when I woke up we were closing in on our crossing and were soon going to be over Canadian Airspace
Over Newfoundland and some more views of ice and snow.
GE-90 over Canadian Airspace and leaving the coast of Newfoundland
2230:Dinner about 90 minutes out of Toronto. I opted for the Garlic rice, chicken and chick peas which though was not substantial yet very tasty. I actually have cooked Garlic rice and peas quite a bit after eating this dish!
Over Toronto and getting my last few fixes of the GE-90 before this 14 hours 10 minutes flight comes to an end
Landed back into Toronto and vacating Rwy 6R
Always come back to a wet and damp Toronto. Last time too it was views such as this. Jet Airways A330-200 getting ready for it's flight back to Chennai via Brussels.
View of AC 773ER from our 773ER aircraft
My ride all the way back from Abu Dhabi at Toronto
Conclusion: Etihad Airways has continued to deliver a great product. The many meals, the attentiveness of the crew which has been getting better with every flight. The seats are not the most spacious on the Boeing 777-300ER yet their regional A320s are very comfortable. I would not hestitate to fly with them again. I really love the earth tones of the colour of their aircraft, the sandy colour of their jets, and above all their great cabin crew uniforms, especially the female purser who I have yet to be able to successfully photograph. It's got to be the best purser uniform out there
So what was the uncertainty I mentioned in the title. Well, I was not supposed to fly out last year due to the uncertain condition of my job. When Etihad announced that super low fare and the fact I got an additional CAD 150 off, I had no choice but to go ahead with my trip. However, my uncertainty proved correct and a week after I got back I was informed my job has been outsourced. I guess that is life you do what you need to do, and leave the rest to what will be.
IrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1731 posts, RR: 5 Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9469 times:
Great TR, as usual, definitely enhanced by the beautiful scenery outside the plane. Sucks that it wasn't as nice when you landed in Toronto, but great work nonetheless. Seems like you are very partial to EY!
Also - hang in there, sorry to hear about your job, but remember everything happens for a reason and things will work themselves out.
burj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 838 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8793 times:
Wow! Thanks for sharing....you don't see a lot of trip reports out of KHI!
It is interesting to see what the onboard product is like...I'm super impressed that you got any food on the KHI-AUH segment....as you said in North America you can fly 5+ hours transcontinental and be offered either cookies, pretzels, or peanuts (assuming nobody allergic is on board!)
ronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1541 posts, RR: 54 Reply 11, posted (1 year 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7865 times:
Great report and excellent pictures! I love the tail/landing gear detail closeup shots
I haven't flown Etihad long-haul in a very long time, and it probably was a totally different airline back then! A lot has definitely changed, in which most seems to be good.
Though i could not quite 'understand' the concept of the meal you were served on the KHIAUH sector. A sandwich and a paper bag in this part of the world is quite LCC. Other airlines -Gulf Air included- can whip up a full tray service on a short sector like this, so EY should too haha
It was very decent of the crew to accommodate the mother and her kids, as something like this could be easily ignored on other airlines.
I am so sorry about your job! I hope the situation will work out for the better in the future!
Thanks for sharing this TR with us.
A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
Quoting ronerone (Reply 11): I am so sorry about your job! I hope the situation will work out for the better in the future!
Thank you so much for your kind wishes. I am sure they will take me to where I next to be in this next stage of my life!
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 4): definitely enhanced by the beautiful scenery outside the plane. ...but great work nonetheless.
Quoting Thai744 (Reply 5): Amazed they didn't make you close the blinds on such a long day flight too! Thank goodness they didn't - some amazing scenery you flew over!
Quoting The777Man (Reply 6): I had a similar seat close to the engine on my EY flight AUH-BKK in April 2006 and and posted a trip report about.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8): you got some great shots out of the window on your way to Toronto.
Actually the window blinds were put down no sooner dinner service was over. I had the airshow on my seat back video for the entire duration of the flight, so I had a fair idea where we were over, and what to expect. Until we flew over Turkey it was nothing but barren dry terrain for the most part. Of course the highlight was when we flew over the Alpine splendour!! No pressure from the crew to keep the blinds closed, and besides I did not have the sun on my side so no extra brightness to draw too much attention to my seat!
Quoting ronerone (Reply 11): It was very decent of the crew to accommodate the mother and her kids, as something like this could be easily ignored on other airlines.
Having flow EK and EY on numerous long hauls, I still find myself being drawn to EY.Their aircraft colours,the seat colours and above their uniforms are a complete blend of everything for me to keep flying with them. Their fares too, are incredible, so that is an added bonus!! Emirates on the other hand is just so much out there, it is almost hyped,though they have their own dedicated crews,and yes PH their ICE Entertainment system is leaps and bounds ahead of EK!. However I now feel should the opportunity arise, I have to definitely try out Qatar Airways and Oman Air!
Swedenflyer you can still fly Qatar out of IAD for the moment, till Etihad gets there!
Thai744, the seats are 3-4-3 on Etihad. The seat pitch can be quite tight. I know at one time they had 3-3-3 seating. Marc, yes it will be nice to fly these A320s to the semi-long haul routes. Quite comfy!!
Roni, I forgot to mention the FA who really pushed to have this woman and her children moved (even though the male FA did assure her but in the end did nothing). She had to also tackle the woman in Business Class, with her older companion (perhaps mother) on my KHI-AUH flight who were now travelling together in Y and had taken seats where they pleased, which resulted in those whose seats they were to have to sit somewhere else so the aircraft could depart on time. After take off the woman in Business class on the earlier flight was moved to another location while her mother sat where she was. A couple travelling together then finally got their seats together, window and middle seat. Again all these tackled professionally and yet at the same measure sternly by the same FA!!
Quoting burj (Reply 7): It is interesting to see what the onboard product is like...I'm super impressed that you got any food on the KHI-AUH segment....as you said in North America you can fly 5+ hours transcontinental and be offered either cookies, pretzels, or peanuts (assuming nobody allergic is on board!)
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8): Doesn't look like a very good breakfast - I'd have expected more
Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 10): Rather surprised about your meal ex KHI however, it doesn't look up to Etihad's usual standards. Cost cutting?
Quoting ronerone (Reply 11): Though i could not quite 'understand' the concept of the meal you were served on the KHIAUH sector. A sandwich and a paper bag in this part of the world is quite LCC. Other airlines -Gulf Air included- can whip up a full tray service on a short sector like this, so EY should too haha
Wow! I had no idea that the meal would be the focus of this report!! As burj indicated it is impressive you get any food these days. I know Emirates hands out full meals on those sectors and is equally impressive to see the whole service take place on a fully loaded Boeing 777-300ER!!! Not sure why EY has opted for this, but again I'll say I'm not complaining lol
This is what we served on the flight to Karachi for those who missed out on it
Same sector in 2010 and 2005
Quoting burj (Reply 7): you don't see a lot of trip reports out of KHI!
You'll see links to some trips to and from Karachi on EY in the link I provided on the top.
These are two trips on EK to and from New York to Karachi and back!
Of course, I can't comment on QR just yet (though my first flight on them is happening 'imminently') but as far as Oman Air, they are in a league of their own in the region. Honestly, it would be impossible not to be wowed by the excessive frills offered on a long-haul Oman Air flight!
A Stop Away From One-Stop, Is Non-Stop : Airbus A340-500
This really annoys me. If they are going to invite the world through their airport, they should not be so sensitive to cameras. Whether it is military or not, common sense should prevail. I've heard that flying Royal Jordanian can be a nightmare for photos.
It would be excellent to see a little of Karachi in your reports. I am most curious about visiting Pakistan.
flightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 849 posts, RR: 4 Reply 17, posted (1 year 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6113 times:
Luke and Roni,
Sorry for the delay with this. Had problems due to my Paypal account changes. All settled now I hope.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 15): Of course, I can't comment on QR just yet (though my first flight on them is happening 'imminently')
Are you giving us a hint of things to come. I for one will be waiting dearly for this one.
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16): Really nice report thanks - always interesting to see your visits out there. Is there a reason you always choose to fly out with EY. Now QR are flying so close, it could be a chance to try them?
Thanks Luke! I opted to fly with EY in 2011 and 2010 because they had the cheapest fares. My fare in 2011 was even cheaper being able to use the points from 2010 towards it. If QR comes to YYZ maybe. Their fares out of YUL are quite high,
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 16): I really enjoyed the close-up ohotos on your transit in AUH. Really huge metal there!
Abu Dhabi is a spotters paradise. Too bad it does not have the heavy traffic of DXB.
akhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2334 posts, RR: 53 Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4781 times:
First of all, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your job. I sincerely hope that you will soon find a position where people will better appreciate your qualities. I know we cannot do much about the outsourcing, but you did not deserve this treatment.
Anyway, let’s continue with your report. One thing I need to say here, your pictures are beautiful and crystal clear!
Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter): (to see if the baggage stamp was applied to your baggage tag, and failure of this results in you going back to the check in counters to get it stamped)
Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter): and one final check by security of the stamp on the boarding card with the stamp on the baggage tag of your luggage it was down the air bridge to the waiting jet.
Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter): I could not tell if all seats were indeed full, but chuckled at how this woman indeed had the nerve to ask for this to happen.
At least, the woman did not push through.
Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter): the Russian FA off, who lifted her hands towards herself and said "Wait..please wait" looking sideways at both, before turning to the woman across the aisle, attended to her need and then attended to the woman in the row in front of me.
Kudos to her! How impressive that she remained calm at any time.
flightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 849 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4655 times:
I noticed you had been missing on a.net for a while, and then when I saw you replying to some posts, I knew you would in due time reply to this one thread of mine, which you so kindly did. Thank you so much. Also thank you for your kind wishes!!
Now regarding your absence should we be expecting a glamorous trip report from you anytime soon?? I will only have to wait and see!! Apologies if you already indicated where your next trip was going to be, where my absent mindedness has now kicked in lol
Quoting akhmad (Reply 20): Anyway, let’s continue with your report. One thing I need to say here, your pictures are beautiful and crystal clear!