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EY MUC-AUH-MUC A332 + The Best Of Dubai  
User currently offlinemloew From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 10788 times:

!مرحبا بكم في تقرير رحلتي

Welcome to my TR!

This report covers my recent Etihad flights from MUC to AUH and back and some impressions from fantastic Dubai.

Booking
As I discovered some open days in late May, I searched around for some interesting flights/cities mainly in Europe, but nearly all flights seemed to be far too expensive. So I already dropped the plans to fly somewhere, when I discovered EY's round-trip offers from MUC to AUH for 399€, both red-eye and operated by A330-200s, giving me 3 full days there. I have flown the A332 once on WY last year (btw one of the best flights I had), but EY would be a new airline for me. Additionally, EY offers a complimentary bus service (limos for C/F) from AUH to Al Ain, Dubai Marina and Dubai Sheik Zayed Road (it has the 3-letters-code XNB). Perfect for me! So I asked my mother if she wanted to spend some days in Dubai and she agreed. Finally, I got the flights for some 380€ on ebookers.de and the Radisson Blu Downtown for a bargain of 128€/2 nights + breakfast. As I've been to the UAE (Fujairah) last year (that WY-trip), I knew that this would be the last month with acceptable temperatures in Dubai.   

My routing with courtesy of gcmap
http://www.gcmap.com/map?P=muc-auh&MS=bm&MR=540&MX=720x360&PM=*

We arrived some 2hrs prior to departure at MUC's T1C where all Gulf carriers (expect QR, which code-shares with LH) depart. I spotted an EY OLCI-counter, but when we arrived there, we found no queue for it :confused:
Apparently, the 3 normal and the OLCI counters had only one for all. Weird. And having all the age 50plus-'I'm a very frequent traveller'-Germans proudly showing their Jumeirah-Hotels tag, we don't wanted to disturb them and kindly lined up behind them. After some 15mins waiting (the Jumeirah guests tuned out to be one group of 10 travellers with tons of extra-large bags who had one booking and blocked the whole queue when they arrived at their counter and only realized after some time that there are other passengers who want to check in at the other 3 counters   , but finally, we made it to the kind lady at the check in-desk. But then she sad 'Oh, good that you've done OLCI as my boarding-pass printer doesn't work.' That much about my BP-collection   .

Not much wait at the security check (well done, German efficiency!) and we're into air side. Tonight, there are basically only our EY and the EK flight in the C-section, but nevertheless it was full of people and after some pictures we grabbed seats in the connection area between C and B.

The EK 773...
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...and our 332
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I already knew that our ride would be A6-EYL, which was delivered in 2007 to EY.

Some time before boarding, a call was made and we heard our names. I was a bit nervous as this couldn't mean anything good, but I was relieved when they just checked our passports again. {Relieved}... But some minutes later, they called us again   ...but this time we were just sent back.


Sunday, 27th May 2012
Munich (MUC) - Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Etihad Airways EY 4
Flight times: 23:20 - 07:20 (+1)
Flight duration: 6:00h
Distance: 4,585km/2,849miles/2,476nm
Coral Economy Class
Seat 30A

Airbus A330-243, A6-EYL

1st flight on A6-EYL
2nd A330-200 flight
4th A330 flight
1st Etihad Airways flight



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Boarding started some minutes late, and just as the call was made, everyone jumped up and lined up. No boarding after row numbers, so we simple followed the others and soon we were onboard. The FAs kindly greeted everyone and we made our way to row 30. This a/c had the newest interior and IFE and the seats were quite comfy. I personally like EY's beige-grey seats.

EY's ebox-IFE
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Blankets and headset
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SunExpress 738...
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...being replaced by a BA 319
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Passing a Condor retro 320 on our ways to runway 08R
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TUIfly "Glücksbringair" (=lucky charm) 738 has just arrived
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In the meanwhile, mood lighting is switched on in orange...
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...and then in blue
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Ready for takeoff
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LH Technik
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Turning on 08R
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And gently lifting off after a powerful takeoff
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T2
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Soon after departure the FAs distributed menu cards. Unlikely to WY last year, EY served a snack for 'dinner' and a full breakfast, but IMO a full dinner is more appropriate as I was not in the mood for breakfast at 4am.
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The menu was followed by a stylish amenity kit
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And here it is, a spicy (but tasty) pizza wrap
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I ordered PH's favourite, but they did neither have Schweppes nor gave the full can. But anyway it tasted quite ok.

East European city
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After the snack, I quickly fell asleep and woke up only when the lights were turned on for the breakfast service.
I decided to try the Schupf noodles (the FAs announced them simply as 'sweet noodles'). As already said, I wasn't really in the mood of breakfast and tried to eat as much as my stomach allowed (I managed all the fruits and noodles). The fruits were really fresh and tasty, the Schupf noodles were ok.
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After breakfast, I tried to sleep a last bit, but I wasn't really able to and decided to take a closer look at EY's ebox. It offered a wide range of movies, music, games, TV series and of course an state-of-the-art airshow. I decided for 'In Time' and watched it until the IFE was switched off for arrival (unless EY still allows you to use the airshow and front-camera {Thumbsup} ).

The new day is dawning
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Winglet
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On approach
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First sights of Abu Dhabi
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On our final approach, we had some fantastic views of the Ferrari world and the Yas Island F1 Marina Race Circuit.  You can watch the video here.

Stylish ATC-tower in the dust
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Cargo line-up
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And closer
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Landing was very smooth (well done EY pilots + A330!) and only a short taxi was needed to our bus gate. Deboarding took a while (one German lady said 'it is absolutely unfair that these decadent people from the First class - although we had only J - can deboard first'    ) but finally we were led onto the tarmac to our busses. I was a bit cautious with taking photos, so I took the first one from the plane door and the second one from the safety of the bus.

Next to (my first) A330F
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EY logo double
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Cabin shot
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The mighty RR-Trent700
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After a short bus ride, we arrived at AUH's T1. Immigration was done in no time (seems like the officers in AUH don't like to talk) and we proceeded to the bus to Dubai. Not much to say about the bus ride itself, it took about 1.5hrs, our 'FA' (or bus attendant or however you want to call him) wasn't very friendly, but he gave everyone a chilled bottle of water.

Traffic jam
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First sights of Dubai Marina
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Hmm, haven't I seen them (or one of them) anywhere else? {Scratchchin}
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And of course no Dubai without a Burj Khalifa...
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After a short wait at our hotel Radisson Blu Dubai Downtown we were given a room in the 17th floor with 'Burj-view'. Sounds promising...
...and the view was really nice (but who the hell decided to build this in front of BK???)
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Our lovely room
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As it was still very hot outside, we decided to take the Metro to the Mall of the Emirates in order to visit famous Ski Dubai.

Best of Dubai: Skyscrapers & Rolls-Royce
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Another landmark out of the Metro
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And finally we arrived at Dubai's 2nd biggest mall, the Mall of the Emirates (MoE). It offers exclusive shops, various restaurants and of course world-famous Ski Dubai. It features a snow-covered area of 22,500m² and 5 slopes, with the longest run 400m in length and world's first indoor black run. The day temperature is -1°C.

Very stylish design
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Sights from home
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You just have to erase the 2nd one from the left...  http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m636/chuckmorris1/DSC01023.jpg

What else to expect?
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Next we decided to visit Dubai Marina, the newly developed area in the far south of Dubai. Both The Walk @JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residence) and the Marina Promenade are excellent for relaxing next to some Dhows and yachts or outdoor shopping.

Marina Promenade
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The Walk @JBR
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For the next day, we had booked tickets for At The Top, the visitor platform of Burj Khalifa, located in the 124th floor. But first, we explored world's 2nd biggest Mall, The Dubai Mall. It is even more upscale than the MoE and features the Dubai Aquarium, which has the largest acrylic panel in the world.

Burj Khalifa
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Bridge to Souk Al Bahar (another Mall)
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Above the aquarium
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Fish, anyone?
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Anything that is not here?
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Who is taller?
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Not the right job for me
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Do you need some gold?
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Finally, it was time to head to At The Top.

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The view up there is really stunning, but often the visibility is not really good so don't expect too much if you also want to go there.

Our hotel (the left one)
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It's going even further up??   
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The towers of Sheik Zayed Road, with the Rose Rotana (PlaneHunter stayed there last year), the highest hotel tower on the planet.
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Metro
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The world
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We spent almost one hour there until we went down to earth again.

Looks beautiful in the setting sun
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The next day was already our last day, so we cleared our room and went to EY's city-check in. And thankfully, this time we got 'real' boarding passes.

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Proudly flying Oman Air
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User currently offlinemloew From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10422 times:

ET 77L
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Sunset at the Creek
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This really does not look like hyper-modern Dubai...
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EK 332
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As our bus was only to depart at 10:30pm, we could enjoy the last evening at Dubai Fountain, world's tallest water fountain, situated beside Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. It performs every 30mins from 6pm to Arabian and Western songs.

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One last shot of the tallest building in the world
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The bus arrived at ~10pm at the backside of Chelsea Tower (who had the idea to give it this name??? ). Today, our 'FA' was much more friendlier, and just on time, we departed heading towards AUH.

The bus
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As our bag was already checked in, we could proceed to the security control and were through in no time.

The check-in area
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The airport has gone and the shopping mall arrived
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Ah, that's better
LH A333 to FRA and our plane
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T3 looks really modern, though I don't like their holding pens. But they offer you unlimited Internet, while MUC only allows you 30mins for free.

Our a/c turned out to be A6-EYP, an A330-243, delivered in 2007 to EY.

As we were allowed to go inti the holding pen, an elderly Asian man arrived andlined up behind us. I took a glimpse at his BP, and indeed, he was flyinng to Kul and not to MUC (our gates have been swapped). AS I wanted to save him all the queuing for nothing, I started a funny conversation with him:
Me: Sorry, Sir, this gate is for the Munich-flight, not Kuala Lumpur.
Him: Yes, yes Kuala Lumpur, yes.
Me: No, it is not for Kuala Lumpur, there was a gate change.
Him: No, no, gate 28, Kuala Lumpur.
Me: No, Sir, a gate change, your gate has been changed.
him: Oh, ah, hm.
And he turned around and walked away. No thank you or anything...   


Thursday, 31st May 2012
Munich (MUC / EDDM), Germany AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC / EDDM) (closed), Germany">MUC) - Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Etihad Airways EY 4
Flight times: 02:15 - 06:40
Flight duration: 6:30H
Distance: 4,585km/2,849miles/2,476nm
Coral Economy Class
Seat 38K

Airbus A330-243, A6-EYP

1st flight on A6-EYP
3rd A330-200 flight
5th A330 flight
2nd Etihad Airways flight



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I had hoped for an a/c change to this beauty
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We were pushed back ontime an taxied to RWY31L. The load was about 80-90%.

BA 777 to LHR
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EY's new partner
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Love this camera!
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Maximus Air An124
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Again. which runway was it?
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Take off was again powerful and soon we lifted off into Abu Dhabi's night sky.

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I thought I could see the Ferrari world again, but we made a slight turn to the right and it wasn't visible. Bugger!

What is this? Ah, oil rigs, what else.
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Soon after departure, the friendly FAs handed out menu cards and a snck bag. It contained a bottle of water, (very sweet) juice, biscuits, a sandwich and a refreshing towel. Everything was tasty (and no, I did not eat the refreshing towel) and I quite liked this snack bag!

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I managed to sleep and when I woke up, the FAs were in full swing to serve the breakfast. Perfect timing!
For breakfast, they had omlette, lamb sausage and french toast. I went for the latter and got the follwing:
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It was already dawning outside, so I watched the rest of In Time and enjoyed the views.

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But on our approach (the FAs announced our final approach somewhere over Salzburg - isn't this a bit early?) we hit thick clouds and it seemed like a rainy day in MUC.

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Getting worse...
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...and worse
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Nonetheless, our captain announced a fairly good day in MUC and was right:
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Mühldorf airfield
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Winglet
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Now we are on final approach
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Landing video: http://youtu.be/nulqK3AsPSU?hd=1

Green grass, LH and MUC's ATC-tower
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One there and one away
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Empty autobahn
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Seems like we're getting the A380-gate

Europe-line up
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Help, the yellow mars-men have arrived!!!  Wow!http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m636/chuckmorris1/DSC01315.jpg

Finally there
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Everyone wants to get out
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Seats
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I've enjoyed the ride with you!
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Conclusion
Etihad Airways
offered a great experience: Clean a/c, on-time flights, a good IFE, tasty meals and friendly FAs. I would not hesitate to try them again!


Thanks for reading!

!أشكركم على القراءة



Proudly flying Oman Air
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9871 times:
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Always nice to see a report on EY!!

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
Not much wait at the security check (well done, German efficiency!)
Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
Some time before boarding, a call was made and we heard our names. I was a bit nervous as this couldn't mean anything good, but I was relieved when they just checked our passports again. {Relieved}... But some minutes later, they called us again ...but this time we were just sent back.

Something the security missed on during your security check with them lol

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
EY's ebox-IFE

Those are Virgin Australia FA's in the photo, probably from an ad promoting their tie-up with them

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
The menu was followed by a stylish amenity kit

Even though the contents have not changed, I am glad to see the bag itself is new and stylish

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
one German lady said 'it is absolutely unfair that these decadent people from the First class - although we had only J - can deboard first'

Well they have paid for the privilege and it is their right  
Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
I was a bit cautious with taking photos, so I took the first one from the plane door and the second one from the safety of the bus.

It is a good thing you did, or if you were caught they would have told you off very nicely!!

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
our 'FA' (or bus attendant or however you want to call him) wasn't very friendly, but he gave everyone a chilled bottle of water.

He's just there to get you to Dubai, not provided continued EY service on the ground lol

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
Anything that is not here?

I think you need to see it as they have things the rest of the world does not, including the world's only 7 star hotel. A bit too over the top but I guess that is Dubai.

Quoting mloew (Reply 1):
This really does not look like hyper-modern Dubai...

This is the traditional Dubai that has existed for years. Did you not take a ride to the opposite side?

Quoting mloew (Reply 1):
world's tallest water fountain, situated beside Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall. It performs every 30mins from 6pm to Arabian and Western songs.

That is quite the spectacle is it not!

Quoting mloew (Reply 1):
T3 looks really modern, though I don't like their holding pens.

What is wrong with their holding pens? They have the most gorgeous views of the tarmac and if was during the day you would have definitely loved it more

Quoting mloew (Reply 1):
The bus arrived at ~10pm at the backside of Chelsea Tower (who had the idea to give it this name??? )

What's wrong with the name?

Quoting mloew (Reply 1):
No thank you or anything...

Firstly he was an old man who was confused. Secondly did you be nice to him just to receive a compliment at the end?

Quoting mloew (Reply 1):
snck bag. It contained a bottle of water, (very sweet) juice, biscuits, a sandwich and a refreshing towel. Everything was tasty

Looks like these snack bags are really starting to be the norm on not only the red eye short haul sectors, but the any of the red eye out of Abu Dhabi, until of course the proper meal is served prior to landing.

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
As already said, I wasn't really in the mood of breakfast and tried to eat as much as my stomach allowed (I managed all the fruits and noodles). The fruits were really fresh and tasty, the Schupf noodles were ok.
Quoting mloew (Reply 1):
For breakfast, they had omlette, lamb sausage and french toast

That meal served on the inbound sector looks really horrible. Glad they had the other option on the way out.


User currently offlineadityashankar From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 9841 times:

Great Report!! Since I lived in DXB for 10 years, some of the pics brought back nice memories. I have flown EK countless times and I'm curious to try the EY product....they look pretty gud!!!


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User currently offlineB738FlyUIA From Kazakhstan, joined Dec 2009, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8507 times:
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HI mloew

Thanks of the great TR and super to read about EY. There are really not very many around and honestly not interesting to read from the Gulf region only from EK!!

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
Cabin shot

- That is really very nice and looks very compfy!! I'm surprised that you had a Power socket.  
Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
You just have to erase the 2nd one from the left...  

- Maybe on the right where the thumb is on the left    
Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
What is this? Ah, oil rigs, what else.

- or simply a super shot for a Etihad add.

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
I managed to sleep and when I woke up, the FAs were in full swing to serve the breakfast. Perfect timing! For breakfast, they had omlette, lamb sausage and french toast. I went for the latter and got the follwing:

- Look's really very tasty and a little better then our your MUC-AUH flight!

Quoting mloew (Thread starter):
Etihad Airways offered a great experience: Clean a/c, on-time flights, a good IFE, tasty meals and friendly FAs. I would not hesitate to try them again!

- From your photos I can say that looks really great on EY!! I guess that the price was very good also as I checked form DUS-AUH-DUS for a very good price!! Downtown AUH is simply stunning and your quality photos are wonderful  


User currently offlinemloew From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8132 times:

Thank you for reading and the much appreciated comments!


Hi flightsimboy!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
Well they have paid for the privilege and it is their right

You're absolutely right!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
Did you not take a ride to the opposite side?

I don't know why, but I didn't.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
What is wrong with their holding pens? They have the most gorgeous views of the tarmac and if was during the day you would have definitely loved it more

Ok, maybe if it was day I would like them more but I prefer it to move around free at an airport and that you can go to every gate no matter if you are departing from that gate or not (mostly to see some rare planes close-up   ).

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
What's wrong with the name?

If you had followed Europe's soccer Campion's League final, you would know why   .

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
Firstly he was an old man who was confused. Secondly did you be nice to him just to receive a compliment at the end?

Sure I was nice and friendly! And he was not that old (maybe ~60).

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 2):
That meal served on the inbound sector looks really horrible. Glad they had the other option on the way out.

It wasn't that horrible but the one from the outbound flight was indeed better.


Hi adityashankar!

Quoting adityashankar (Reply 3):
Great Report!!

Nice you've enjoyed it!

Quoting adityashankar (Reply 3):
I'm curious to try the EY product

You should definetly give them a chance!


Hi B738FlyUIA!

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 4):
Thanks of the great TR

Thanks a lot!

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 4):
I guess that the price was very good

You don't get some intra-Europe-flights for that price      

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 4):
Downtown AUH is simply stunning

It was Downtown DXB!

Quoting B738FlyUIA (Reply 4):
your quality photos are wonderful

My camera was around 100€  



[Edited 2012-06-05 04:42:15]


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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1202 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7615 times:

How long is the bus ride into Dubai from Abu Dhabi airport? Is it easy to find taxis from the bus terminal?

User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7601 times:
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Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
How long is the bus ride into Dubai from Abu Dhabi airport? Is it easy to find taxis from the bus terminal?

It is 1.5 hours, though the website says 1 hour 20 minutes and is a complimentary service provided by Etihad for it's passengers. I used it myself so I'll take the liberty to answer this one  .

http://www.etihadairways.com/sites/e...ad/attheairport/pages/Coaches.aspx

http://cms.prod.etihadairways.com/si...HELSEA-TOWER-COACH-SCHEDULE-V5.pdf


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6335 times:

Hi

Interesting read, thanks for sharing.
Quite amuzing how many airlines serve the Montys snack service.
Had this on my Air Canada CDG-YYZ back in February as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinemloew From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 32 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6080 times:

Hi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Interesting read, thanks for sharing.

Thank you!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 8):
Had this on my Air Canada CDG-YYZ back in February as well.

Wish I had this on my AC flight back in April YYZ-MUC as well, but we got a extremely dry muffin.   

Cheers, Maurice



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User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6027 times:

Nice report; I would love to go back to Dubai. So much to see there! Service looks pretty good, but those short redeye flights are a bitch on the body.

User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5433 times:
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Hi Mloew,

Nice report once again, thanks for sharing. EYs service looks pretty good, hate those red-eye flights though. Dubai is a city that is high in my "want-to-visit" list and after seeing your pictures of Dubai it makes we want to visit even faster, great pictures!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter


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