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Etihad Airways EY 140 & 141. Mission Accomplished!  
User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
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Welcome to my fourth trip report with Etihad Airways from Toronto to Karachi via Abu Dhabi. While you’ve already read most of the previous reports there are some surprises in this one which will surely make this report a good read. So please keep on reading to see what unfolds.

I left all of you in March last year with this report.
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...2&s=return+to+uncertainty#ID211382

I had to return to Karachi to attend my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in Feb this year. While it was a bit difficult in trying to find a reasonably cheap fare, I was also attempting to travel to the UAE with my points on Aeroplan and then connect onto Emirates while using my Skywards points. I will provide the link if needed. While it never really materialised, I was fortunate to get another great fare with Etihad, and apart from that I love flying with them so it made a great opportunity to try them again.

DATE CHANGE AND ADDITIONAL PAYMENT

I found a reasonably good fare on Etihad Airways for CAD 1390 which allowed me two weeks out of Toronto, which I later changed for a fee of CAD 202 (USD 200) to allow me to return a week later than my original return date. When I called up the Etihad Airways call centre to find out if seats were indeed available, I was informed that the seats were wide open. Relieved I asked to change the dates, and I was immediately assigned my last seat number 18A on the flight from Karachi to Abu Dhabi. When I asked about the flight to Toronto the agent told me his seat map was not working for that sector. I asked him why he in that case told me there were window seats, and his reply was “I was looking at the seat map for Karachi when I told you that”. I was eager not to face another fiasco like I did on one of my past Etihad flights to get a window seat, and asked him to please locate a window seat right away for me. After searching for a few seconds he came up with 26A. I knew that this was going to be right over the wing and I asked if he could find something better. “This is all I have” he replied eager to end the 25 minutes call I had had with him. I opted to go to the town office in Toronto to pay the CAD 202 and also attempt to try and get a better window seat for the return journey.

LOCAL ETIHAD OFFICE SCENARIO

When I got to the local Etihad Airways town office, I walked into an unmanned counter where not a soul was to be found. I guess they don’t usually get too many passengers coming to the town office, I would assume. I coughed loudly to try and get some attention but even my sounds in the counter area went unattended! I waited another five to six minutes before somebody passing by noticed me and got an agent to attend to me immediately. I told him I was there to pay some money to which he responded “Some money?” and I explained my situation and gave him my booking reference. When I checked the fare at home prior to making the call to the Etihad call centre in India, I noticed that the fare for the new return date had actually dropped to CAD 1350. So I knew there was no fare difference to pay. He started to type onto his computer and then looked at me and then looked back at his screen by saying “You have to pay CAD 240, Sir”. I looked at him and asked what the additional CAD 40 was for. It’s the difference in the fare he told me, looking quite eager to go ahead with the payment. “I was told there is no fare difference” I told him, explaining how I found the fare of CAD 1350 instead on that day. “It’s showing an increase now” he told me turning his computer screen to me. “The agent told me it is going to be CAD 202 only, and that is what I am going to pay” I told him sternly, not giving into the new amount quoted which would then take my fare to way over CAD 1600. “The date I made the change there was no fare difference” I explained to him. “It is showing an increase now” he said to me again, making me believe it was my fault for not paying the charges with the credit card on the day I made the change and by paying this now I had to incur these charges. My reason to fly Etihad was the low fare I initially found, which actually dropped even further a few days later. “I am not going to pay that from my pocket” he said to me, while typing and then said “Do you know the name of the person you spoke to?”. I fumbled at this strange request and while I normally note down the names of the person I speak to I had not at this time. “I do not know his name” I said, to which he said “In that case you need to call them again” I looked at him in disbelief as he now turned his phone towards me and proceeded to pull up the Etihad call centre number. I wanted to see where all this would go so I started to punch in the numbers on the keypad as he slowly spelled out each number to me. In seconds I was connected to the Etihad Airways menu options and keyed in the relevant numbers to get me to the department I was going to have to talk to get somebody from India to talk to me. While I waited in almost disbelief that I was actually making this call as a passenger, and the familiar Etihad music while on hold played in my ear, the agent started to type away and then two minutes into the call he indicated to me to put the phone down. “I have managed to contact them” he said “And you have no difference to pay”. While happy it all worked out I was just quite amused if not taken aback by this whole fiasco. I paid him the amount and left immediately.

SURPRISE DISCOVERY ON PRINTING THE NEW ITINERARY

When I had made the change on the phone prior to my visiting the Etihad office, I proceeded to print out my new booking details with the new Feb 16th date, and when the printout started to come out, with the last page first and the details of my KHI to AUH sector being the first to be seen, I almost fainted in unbelief as I saw the words “Airbus A340-600” showing as my aircraft for that day. My beloved yet to be flown Airbus A340-600 was being sent for that short sector. I had tears in my eyes and was so excited I had made the change!!! Now it made sense to me when the agent had told me it was wide open, the sector had been upgraded after all from a tiny Airbus A320 to the ultra-long Airbus A340-600. While at the counter I asked the agent how is it that Karachi was getting this big bird and he replied “It’s the Boeing 777-300” he said to which I reminded him I was referring to the Karachi sector and not the Toronto one. Well I anxiously waited for my return flight and the opportunity to finally fly this gorgeous bird to Abu Dhabi on my return to Toronto.

THE DAY ITSELF

RIDE TO THE AIRPORT

Somehow I got to the airport really late firstly due to my own delay and secondly I had a taxi driver who decided to take the back roads instead of the actual highway to the airport. I was just eager to get on my flight I didn’t give him a hard time to get back on the highway. In fact, he knew quite a bit of the history of the region I was flying to which surprised me as he was Canadian and Caucasian. He had apparently learned a lot from his fellow South East Asian taxi drivers that had make up most of the fleet of drivers for that said taxi company!

AT THE AIRPORT

Once at the airport I proceeded to the check in line which as usual had snaked all the way past the dedicated Etihad check in area to the other side of the counters in the next check in zone. The line proceeded slowly yet it moved along. Before long I was at the counter where the agent asked me to put my bags on the belt. I was overweight by one and was asked to go to the far end of the counters and pay the additional CAD 50 for the said bag. I made one last attempt to see if I could indeed get a window seat further up from the 23K I had been assigned which was at the start of the wing. I had had glorious views of the engines from seats further up before, as well as great views of the ground below. She told me that the flight was full and any seat change now was not possible.

I got to the counter and there were three passengers ahead o f me. It was now around 8:20pm and the boarding was about to commence in the next half hour for our 2150 departure from Toronto. I waited and waited while two passengers argued how they had been mysteriously removed from the flight while they had supporting documentation from the agency they had booked their seats from! The delay continued to a point where a fellow passenger started to panic as the boarding time approached while other counter staff gave instructions to those attempting to check in that the check counter was now indeed closed, which was exactly an hour before departure. Finally at around 9:10pm and almost 40 minutes after getting into the line, the agent processed my excess baggage charge and told me to go to the counter to collect my boarding pass. “I have given you 29K” the agent said to me cheerfully as he handed me the boarding pass. I stood in disbelief” 29K is over the wing I said in my mind while I actually said to him” I really wanted 23K!”. “It has no seats in front of it and you can stretch out on the flight” he said eager to have given me the bulkhead emergency exit seat while he hurried me on to the gate where boarding was well underway! I was not happy with this new development and when I got to the counter at the gate I made one more desperate attempt to get my assigned seat back and it was useless. I joined the line and realised I was the third last person to get on board!

VIEWS ON THE WAY TO THE AIRCRAFT

Terminal 1 sculpture
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Barcardi Rum Bar
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Tastefully Canadian Store
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Canadian Souvenirs
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A6-ETJ at Pearson
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View of the EY 777-300ER prior to boarding
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ON BOARD EY 140
Registration: A6-ETJ

As we began to snake down the jetway I wondered if indeed a Female purser stood at the door. Due to previous requests turned down to take a photo of the very smart purser outfit, I kept my camera intact in it’s bag and continued to the L2 door of the aircraft. To my surprise a very cheery Irish female Purser stood at the door with an equally friendly British FA! As I got closer and she welcome me on board by my last name while quickly glancing at my card, I said to her “You have the smartest Purser uniform ever” She laughed and thanked me and while I continued down I turned around and indicated that maybe later I’d like a photo. “You’d better do it now” she said, to which I made a quick U-turn and stood in between the area that separates Business from Economy! As soon as I got my equipment ready I noticed she had gone. “Please proceed to your seat” a uniformed Etihad ground agent told me as I took a few steps to move but remained where I was as she left the aircraft. In the meantime the Purser returned minus her red gloves and when she saw me she rushed to get them and on her immediate return shooed off all the ground staff including the ground agent who now noticed me standing where I was not supposed to be. The ground staff looked in on as I held my camera in hand before I was permanently removed from their sight as the purser closed the door behind her and she and her accompanying FA turned around and in the next few seconds became red carpet celebrities as I fired away with the camera. I thanked them immensely and proceeded to my seat.

EY 140’s Friendly Purser and FA



SURPRISE ON BOARD

Despite being the last to board now, the line seemed to crawl in front of me. As I passed 20A I noticed what appeared to be a lone passenger and I asked if he would like a bulkhead seat 29A to which he refused. I was almost tempted to wave my bulkhead emergency exit seat to those in front begging to get the window seat I so much wanted. When I got to 29K, I could not believe what was unfolding before my eyes! 29K had no window and by now I was just so disappointed. While I looked at my seat I noticed a woman sitting in it and the moment she saw me staring at my seat she indicated to her husband to address me. “We are travelling together” he said sympathetically and asked if I would be willing to move to 45B in the third section of this magnificent Boeing 777-300ER! Had it to be a window seat with a window I would not have budged an inch, but I told him I would move, but asked him to inform the FA that I had moved to the new seat. I got into 45B and noticed a woman in the window seat. I was overheating due to my jacket and inner lining and noticed that as soon as I sat down we started to pushback! I proceeded to take it off while asking the woman if she had indeed requested a window seat to which she said yes. I was going to ask if I could at least just get in the seat for the take-off but decided against it. I had accepted my fate and just decided to stay with the seat I was in.

DISHEARTENED AND DISAPPOINTED

Outside I could see familiar taxiways and I knew we were heading straight to Rwy 23 from where most spotters outside the fence spend most of the summers watch the heavies depart from this runway, and where I had also seen many wide-bodies leave. Of course today on this cold night not a single spotter would be found except for those in their cars or customers in the Wendy’s or Country Style fast food stores found directly across from the Runway on Airport Road. We proceeded straight to the Runway and powered down as the fully loaded Boeing 777-300ER took off into the Toronto skies. I looked out through the windows and saw the lights of the city dance outside while my fellow female passenger continued to look at her screen ahead. Why ask for a window seat when you have no intention to look outside, I shook my head in disbelief! It was all over in minutes yet I knew the ordeal of having to sit in this seat would continue for the entire duration of the flight!!

I kept my camera intact and could not be bothered to photograph anything including the dinner service that was about to commence. About an hour after departing we had been served drinks, and then proceeded to be served dinner. I cannot recall what I ate, but I noticed that the dessert had been included in the tray unlike my previous trips on Etihad where the dessert and beverage service were run after the main dinner service had been completed. The dessert while still in a sealed cup was now in a transparent one with a marking on the top and was now completely lost in the tray handed to me. I started to wonder if indeed the beverage service would take place and was happy when I saw them do the beverage service and the collection of trays simultaneously. I ordered my hot chocolate and missed having the dessert along with this. The mouth-watering Caramel crumble had been replaced with a brownie surrounded by white icing, a big change in taste from the former. Amazingly in almost an hour after being served the dessert service was wrapped up too and most passengers started to turn in as the lights now dimmed out completely and all that remained in the cabin where the lights form the seat back videos where different scenes played out on this long journey to Abu Dhabi.

I sat in my seat and played with the entertainment unit watching as we continued over the Atlantic and by now I was also starting to get used to being pinned in between my ear and nose ringed neighbour at the window and my tattooed Caucasian friend in the aisle both of whom were now in lala land, my female window occupant now curled along the window, which made me realise why she had asked for the seat and my friend in the aisle who had used the contents of the Etihad amenity kit to full use with the eye shades on and the ear plugs in his ears, and I looked below to see if he had indeed used the socks too, which he had not.

Looper on Board EY 140
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I later regretted not watching this movie. Mistook it’s name for Hidden Treasure
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Over the Atlantic
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Ice Cream Bar Service


Etihad Information Screen
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STANDING AT THE BACK OF THE BUS

By now we were well over the Atlantic and I had been in the seat for too long. My companions has stirred from their soulful slumber and it had already broken into daylight a long time before as now the bright morning sun outside started to appear in quick burst around the cabin as the nocturnal creatures arose from their sleep and quickly opened and shut their window shades. Some had missed out on the ice cream sandwich offered during this time we had flown from Toronto. I excused my self as I asked to vacate the seat with my camera strap still attached around my neck. I went to the back of the plane and stood there stretching like a cat that had been asleep for too long, but in my case it was no sleep at all.

Nocturnal cabin as viewed from the back of the bus
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Over the Atlantic
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The attendants at the back were a cheery lot and were the same ones that had been serving our section. The lot were made up of two Moldovans, One Romanian, a Canadian Economy section purser. I started to chat with one of them and before were chatting with the whole lot including the girl from Romania from the area around Transylvania!! She laughed and said that she was indeed from Dracula’s domain to which we both laughed. They all took the time to ask if I wanted something to eat as we got to know each other. Camera in hand I was so tempted to ask for a photo but I noticed Etihad crews tend not to be photographed while out of the main uniform. The now grey sweater that the female FA’s wore with the pink and white scarf around their necks made them look totally different from what they look when they welcome you on board with the grey hats and coats, black skirts and white scarves that cover the side of their faces. I had noticed on entering that the guys no longer wear the Chinese collared outfits but are now wearing coats and multi coloured striped ties while the purser wore a read tie. I was made to understand that now the female uniforms were in the works for a change.


ASSIGNED CREW SEATS 55 A,C, H & K

By now we were over Romania itself as I took the opportunity to ask about the last two seats that had been assigned to cabin crew only, 55 A,C, H & K. These were crew rest seats and I wondered if I could use them for our descent into Abu Dhabi where I wanted to record our approach and descent into the city. “These will only be available for the final end of the flight once all crew do not need the use of those seats” my Canadian Purser informed me, “However should no crew want to use the seats, we could work something out earlier” he reassured me. I told him I wanted 55K as that would have the best views of Abu Dhabi on approach. 55A had already been promised to a lady who had occupied it earlier in the flight due to medical reasons.

Over Romania while chatting with the girl from Transylvania
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We were now way past Turkey and were closing in on the Middle East with some three hours to go before we landed in Abu Dhabi. I had returned to my seat for a bit and was now making my way to the back to see if I could score the window seat earlier than anticipated. I found my cheery Purser preparing the carts for the last meal service along with his Romanian colleague. We started to rock a bit and an announcement from the flight deck ordered all passengers and crew to be seated. I asked if I could sit it out at the crew seat and was told yes but only for the duration of the turbulence. No sooner I sat we started to rock violently and many of the passengers held onto their seats for support while I looked out noticed we were passing through an area of clean air turbulence. No sooner that cleared I vacated my seat and stood at the back and inquired if they had lost some meals as I heard a few crashes in the galley as we got tossed around. “Not at all” they informed me as apparently other things than the food trays had gone down to the ground.

Over Turkey
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CONQUERING MY NEW THRONE

I made the most of the ability to stay out of my 45B seat as my occupants must have wondered where I had disappeared to!! My absence had provided both of them with extra elbow room no doubt. We were now almost over Iraq and the final meal service was about to commence. I noticed in 55H on the aisle side a large transparent garbage bag with cups and other used items were occupying the seat like a mountain of rubbish blocking my access to 55K for me to use later in the flight. I approached the Purser again and asked if I could sit it in now as we were close to our descent into Abu Dhabi in about an hour or more. He looked at the pile of rubbish tightly sealed on the seat and said it would take a while to remove as the meal service was about to commence. “I’d be happy to sit in 55K while the large transparent bag could be my seat neighbour I joked” to which he sensed my determination to get into the seat and said I could go ahead. I lost no time in going back to my original seat, claiming my laptop bag from the overhead bin, raced back to my new seat removed the large bag, climbed into my new seat 55K and placed the bag back onto 55H as my new seat neighbour! Some FA’s from the front stopped for a few seconds, looked at me behind the bag and continued to the galley where my shenanigans were probably brought to their attention by the crew behind! About half an hour later my Moldovan FA came and proceeded to remove the bag which I indicated I had no problem being next to me, to which he reminded me that it was not allowed to be there for landing! With the bag out of the way my meal was served to me as we hit yet another turbulent bit of weather though this time our sunny views had now turned to misty grey outside as we passed through heavy cloud cover!

View from my new seat 55K
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Meal service prior to arrival into Abu Dhabi
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Closing in on Abu Dhabi over the Persian Gulf
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Etihad Pillow. Prefer this one to the other ones that had.
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The sunset outside our window
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Cabin being prepared for landing. FA’s back in their uniforms
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ARRIVAL INTO ABU DHABI

Hardly had the meal trays been cleared we were starting out descent into Abu Dhabi. It was now dark outside and the lights of the Abu Dhabi skyline shone against the blanked of black that otherwise surrounded the light. I adjusted my lens to capture the scene but some out of focus issues made me stop and re-record again the latter recording continuing until we touched down for at Abu Dhabi some twelve minutes later. Thanks to the efforts by the Purser in our section and the support of the rest of the crew I was able to get my desire to record the landing. Thank you very much this fine bunch of dedicated Etihad staff. We pulled up to the gate and before long the frantic clicking of seat belts being unlocked rang through the cabin. I was in no hurry as I was determined to get this nice crew to have a photo of the new male FA uniforms. Some chatty passengers were still at the back thanking them and when they left I reached out to Igor and Nathan and shook their hands firmly and warmly and expressed my deepest thanks for letting me have the opportunity of the window seat and above all for the service provided by them. If you guys are reading this, then please know how heartfelt I am for your kindness. An FA who was not serving our area was there and she volunteered to be photographed too. Here are the new male FA unifroms. I do kind of miss the old Etihad uniform though, it was unique and that magical colour I love so much. Fortunately their coats are still quite close to that colour.

Arrival at the gate in Abu Dhabi
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The male FA’s in their new uniforms.


I left the aircraft quite content and on the way out thanked the Purser at the door and quickly showed her the shot I had removed. This flight had not turned out so bad after all!!

I had planned to put in the flight to Karachi in here but I’ll do both that and the return to Abu Dhabi in a separate report. For now I will very briefly write about the return in the report. Sorry for such a lengthy report.

[Edited 2013-02-22 18:13:54]

[Edited 2013-02-22 18:37:36]

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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
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Looks like some of the report did not post due to it's length!! Below is the continuation of the return flight

THE RETURN FROM ABU DHABI

I arrived into Abu Dhabi on time from Karachi and we were bussed to the terminal building. I was so tired already and sleepy, something I am not on my flights which have only been for a duration of a few hours till now. We got off the bus and made our way to the familiar transit area where roped in queues are previously arranged so passengers can get in immediately. However in this case, the arrival line queued all the way to the other side of the terminal where the flights to the Middle East depart from. I looked in shock as the sea of people stretched for the entire length of the area!! All the arrivals into Abu Dhabi seemed to have come in at the same time. It took a good 25 minutes before we got to the area from where would have normally queued. Past security and onto the gate areas of the bank of flights to the USA, Canada and Australia. Even though my gate was not yet assigned on the screen, far from it even showing up, I asked the information desk of the gate and he said it was gate 33.

The gate area was already filled with people and finding a seat seemed to be a problem. I took some photos, and looked for a seat at the other end. I managed to find one and sat plonk in there till it was time to board, in fact half of the passengers had already boarded before I queued into the line and was on board some fifteen minutes later.

EY 141
Registration: A6-ETE

My ride back to Toronto
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Viewed from my new seating area
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Aircraft Reflection on our Air bridge
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View from the air bridge of A6-ETE
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ON BOARD EY 141
Registration: A6-ETE

At the gate stood a Female FA of Indian descent, not as cheery as her Irish colleague! I had already had a pic and did not want to make it a habit of asking for pics especially at peak boarding times. I made my way to 26A and noticed that two Indian descent occupants sat in 26A and B. I asked to move in while I deposited by laptop bag into the overhead bin. The window seat did not seem so bad after all as I had views of both the engine and the wing that stretched out before me, as well as views of the area in front of the wing.

Before long we were pushing back and the hot morning sun of the UAE started to beat down on my window. I could not imagine how hot and bright it was outside. Yet visibility was quite good for miles ahead, unlike the usual haze that accompanies such hot weather.

View from seat 26A
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Scenes while taxiing
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Holding short of Rwy 13R
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We were going to depart from the other end of the runway instead of 31L from which such departures usually take place. 13R was the runway assigned for us today which we lined up after a relatively short taxi and before long the huge magnificent Boeing 777-300ER was racing down and smoothly climbed into the morning skies above. We made a long left hand turn and were soon cruising over the Persian Gulf for our journey of 13hrs and 37 mins to Toronto.

Turning left after taking off from Abu Dhabi
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Abu Dhabi skyline appearing over the Engine
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Over the Persian Gulf
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Flight time to Toronto
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Menu cards distributed for the flight
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Lunch Details
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Café Service and Lunch details
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My movie while waiting for lunch
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Drink services with a savoury mix bag commenced immediately and I opted for some sprite and white wine. I needed the Sprite to quench my thirst and the white wine to drift me off into a deep sleep. I actually consumed both sooner than I expected and I started to feel a bit sick after that, realising that I should have waited to eat something with the wine.

Savoury snacks and drinks
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Inflight Information screens gone wild
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Reflections on the engine cowlings of our aircraft
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Hot towels were distributed and then there was a bit of a lull in the service. Unlike our departure from Toronto where we were handed our dinner quickly, the lunch on this sector seemed to come a little later or maybe closer to the actual lunch time in Abu Dhabi. Well it finally did come at which point I was hoping to get something else to drink where I chose an Apple juice instead. The sweetness of the Apple juice did not go too well with the spiciness of the Fish Biryani, though I thoroughly enjoyed the latter. It was full of aroma, the rice just right and the correct amount of spices while taking away the fishy taste of the dish! Well done, Etihad. The dessert service was quickly followed by our trays being cleared and I opted again for a hot chocolate. It is always good to have that Hot Chocolate on board the aircraft

Lunch service on Etihad. The bun was warm exactly as the menu card indicated!
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Detail of the Fish Biryani
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Detail of the Potato and Tomato Salad and Herb Chicken
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Detail of the dessert option now on the tray
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Etihad’s Beverage service! My Hot chocolate option


As soon as I finished it and we were now way over Eastern Turkey I decided that it was time to visit the loo and also use the excuse of the loo to get out of the seat. I grabbed my camera, my jacket and covered it to draw less attention to someone walking around the cabin with a camera strapped around their neck!!! I stood for a good 1 ½ hours a few seats away from my own in front of the lavatory and stretched my legs a bit.I then made my way to the back where an FA of Indian descent with a very British accent was being chatted up by a fellow Indian passenger. When he left I took the time to chat with her and told her how I nearly got sick with all the wine I gulped down earlier. She smiled at me and probably thought I was one of those who don’t know how to drink and when given an opportunity drink it faster than one needs to lol

We started to chat up a bit and were soon followed by FA “Jiri” from the Czech Republic. What a fine FA he was, so courteous and who after a while I got to realise had no intentions to becoming an FA but was now glad he did. I told him of my own ambitions of being an FA which never really materialised. He told me it was his first time to Toronto and he was eagerly looking to visit Niagara Falls. I cautioned him it would be cold and that he should bundle up. He soon got busy with the meal service which was to be served in another three hours before we begin our descent into Toronto. It takes them quite a while to match the meal trays with the seat numbers.

I returned to my seat and feel asleep immediately for the next 1 ½ hours. I then returned to the back and I took the opportunity to talk to them about the seats at the back and I would like to sit in 55A at the top of descent into Toronto, trying to avoid getting it to early in the flight and subsequently being rejected. They had no problem but said the Purser would need to be informed. He happened to show up at the time and was a bit confused thinking I wanted to sit in the crew seat that they use for landing. He said it would be fine to sit there at the top of descent and only at the start of that, as crews may require the seat at any time. I managed to get a quick photo and video from 55A before a crew member from the front asked me to vacate the seat saying it was for crew use only. I told her that I was indeed aware of that and was just trying to get a shot of the scenery outside. She smiled but made sure I moved out of the seat. The crews on this flight seemed to be a bit more stingy with allowing others to sit in their crew rest seats.

Over Eastern Canada! Notice the icy terrain below


Gorgeous wing of our Boeing 777-300ER


Canadian Airspace details
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Back in my seat I sat content knowing that at the top of descent I will make my way to the back. The meal service commenced and I hungrily ate the last meal having missed out on the ice cream and sandwich which was served while I had fallen off to sleep. Usually I am always full on Etihad with their continuous flow of food and snacks, leaving one content from start to finish.

Lunch service prior to arrival in Toronto. No dessert or fruits but a chocolate bar.
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Detail of Chicken meatball lunch
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Salad that had lost it’s freshness
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Before long the captain came on the air and began providing us an update on Toronto and then he mentioned “snow showers”…That immediately put a damper on my plans to move to the back, as this meant I would have zero visibility of the ground below while landing, and at least sitting in my current seat would allow me to have wonderful views of the magnificent wing and engines! I decided to stay put also because of the fact that I was in the first of three separate compartments in Economy and would the first to leave the aircraft upon landing rather than the last one out, especially which made more sense to leave first as that meant getting out of the airport sooner especially with the snowstorm at Toronto.

Sunny weather above the clouds over Toronto
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We began our descent and the guys at the back if they remembered probably wondered where I was. The weather as fairly good so far and as we got nearer it was starting to get cloudy with slight breaks in the weather. But once we began our final approach and we got lower visibility was close to zero and the snow started to drift outside the window and over the wings. Before long we touched down into a snowy Toronto where you could barely see otherwise prominent building structures. How in the world do they land these beasts in such weather? The power of technology!!.We taxied slowly to the gate where we passed an Air France 777 making it’s way to Terminal 3 while we moved onto Terminal 1. A Lufthansa A340 taxied behind us and later in the day that same aircraft was to face some issues. We finally pulled up at the gate and the symphony of belts being unlocked filled the air.

Landing into an icy and snowy Toronto
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Luthansa A340 taxiing behind us
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Snow starting to collect over the wings
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Scenes close to the gate
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Guiding the beast in while in the midst of a storm
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Welcome to Canada!!
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Thank you for the great ride A6-ETE
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We stepped out into the air bridge and before long were at customs and immigration. It took a while for us to get to the conveyor belts some 50 minutes later where our bags still had not arrived. Finally at 1730 some ninety minutes after we landed our bags came on the conveyor belt. A word of caution for the unexpected passenger, bags at Toronto are off loaded by baggage handlers no sooner they make one round on the conveyor belt. So be aware your bags could already be on the ground while you search for your bags on the belt. Announcements regarding this are made from time to time, but sometimes when you have reached your final destination you are too tired to listen to any announcement.

View of the terminal as seen previously from ground level

Tastefully Canadian and Barcardi Rum stores
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Other stores with the holding gates at the far right
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General overview of the Terminal Shops and holding gate areas
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I got on the bus home at 5:48pm almost two hours after I landed and did not get home till 7:52pm later that evening, some four hours after I had touched down and travelling for over 18 hours after leaving Karachi and being awake for over 48 hours….I was in bed at 9pm and did not wake till 9am the next morning. All in all it was a great set of flights on Etihad and please stay tuned for the flights from Abu Dhabi to Karachi and back which are full of surprises.

Thank you for reading!!.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6640 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 17128 times:

Hi Flightsimboy,

very entertaining report about your latest EY trip!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):

When I got to the local Etihad Airways town office, I walked into an unmanned counter where not a soul was to be found. I guess they don’t usually get too many passengers coming to the town office, I would assume. I coughed loudly to try and get some attention but even my sounds in the counter area went unattended! I waited another five to six minutes before somebody passing by noticed me and got an agent to attend to me immediately. I told him I was there to pay some money to which he responded “Some money?” and I explained my situation and gave him my booking reference. When I checked the fare at home prior to making the call to the Etihad call centre in India, I noticed that the fare for the new return date had actually dropped to CAD 1350. So I knew there was no fare difference to pay. He started to type onto his computer and then looked at me and then looked back at his screen by saying “You have to pay CAD 240, Sir”. I looked at him and asked what the additional CAD 40 was for. It’s the difference in the fare he told me, looking quite eager to go ahead with the payment. “I was told there is no fare difference” I told him, explaining how I found the fare of CAD 1350 instead on that day. “It’s showing an increase now” he told me turning his computer screen to me. “The agent told me it is going to be CAD 202 only, and that is what I am going to pay” I told him sternly, not giving into the new amount quoted which would then take my fare to way over CAD 1600. “The date I made the change there was no fare difference” I explained to him. “It is showing an increase now” he said to me again, making me believe it was my fault for not paying the charges with the credit card on the day I made the change and by paying this now I had to incur these charges. My reason to fly Etihad was the low fare I initially found, which actually dropped even further a few days later. “I am not going to pay that from my pocket” he said to me, while typing and then said “Do you know the name of the person you spoke to?”. I fumbled at this strange request and while I normally note down the names of the person I speak to I had not at this time. “I do not know his name” I said, to which he said “In that case you need to call them again” I looked at him in disbelief as he now turned his phone towards me and proceeded to pull up the Etihad call centre number. I wanted to see where all this would go so I started to punch in the numbers on the keypad as he slowly spelled out each number to me. In seconds I was connected to the Etihad Airways menu options and keyed in the relevant numbers to get me to the department I was going to have to talk to get somebody from India to talk to me. While I waited in almost disbelief that I was actually making this call as a passenger, and the familiar Etihad music while on hold played in my ear, the agent started to type away and then two minutes into the call he indicated to me to put the phone down. “I have managed to contact them” he said “And you have no difference to pay”. While happy it all worked out I was just quite amused if not taken aback by this whole fiasco. I paid him the amount and left immediately.

Unbelievable! But at least you were successful in the end.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
When I had made the change on the phone prior to my visiting the Etihad office, I proceeded to print out my new booking details with the new Feb 16th date, and when the printout started to come out, with the last page first and the details of my KHI to AUH sector being the first to be seen, I almost fainted in unbelief as I saw the words “Airbus A340-600” showing as my aircraft for that day. My beloved yet to be flown Airbus A340-600 was being sent for that short sector. I had tears in my eyes and was so excited I had made the change!!! Now it made sense to me when the agent had told me it was wide open, the sector had been upgraded after all from a tiny Airbus A320 to the ultra-long Airbus A340-600

Congrats! I hope there weren't any changes.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Despite being the last to board now, the line seemed to crawl in front of me. As I passed 20A I noticed what appeared to be a lone passenger and I asked if he would like a bulkhead seat 29A to which he refused. I was almost tempted to wave my bulkhead emergency exit seat to those in front begging to get the window seat I so much wanted. When I got to 29K, I could not believe what was unfolding before my eyes! 29K had no window and by now I was just so disappointed.

Ah, that's too bad! I hate windowless window seats.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
I looked out through the windows and saw the lights of the city dance outside while my fellow female passenger continued to look at her screen ahead. Why ask for a window seat when you have no intention to look outside, I shook my head in disbelief!

Very annoying indeed.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):

I made the most of the ability to stay out of my 45B seat as my occupants must have wondered where I had disappeared to!! My absence had provided both of them with extra elbow room no doubt. We were now almost over Iraq and the final meal service was about to commence. I noticed in 55H on the aisle side a large transparent garbage bag with cups and other used items were occupying the seat like a mountain of rubbish blocking my access to 55K for me to use later in the flight. I approached the Purser again and asked if I could sit it in now as we were close to our descent into Abu Dhabi in about an hour or more. He looked at the pile of rubbish tightly sealed on the seat and said it would take a while to remove as the meal service was about to commence. “I’d be happy to sit in 55K while the large transparent bag could be my seat neighbour I joked” to which he sensed my determination to get into the seat and said I could go ahead. I lost no time in going back to my original seat, claiming my laptop bag from the overhead bin, raced back to my new seat removed the large bag, climbed into my new seat 55K and placed the bag back onto 55H as my new seat neighbour! Some FA’s from the front stopped for a few seconds, looked at me behind the bag and continued to the galley where my shenanigans were probably brought to their attention by the crew behind! About half an hour later my Moldovan FA came and proceeded to remove the bag which I indicated I had no problem being next to me, to which he reminded me that it was not allowed to be there for landing!

Congrats!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):

Lunch service on Etihad. The bun was warm exactly as the menu card indicated!
Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):

Lunch service prior to arrival in Toronto. No dessert or fruits but a chocolate bar.

Both meals look really good! But portions are still smaller than on EK.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
All in all it was a great set of flights on Etihad and please stay tuned for the flights from Abu Dhabi to Karachi and back which are full of surprises.

I'm looking forward to that report!


PH



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 16917 times:
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Hi PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
very entertaining report about your latest EY trip!

Thanks for your reply!! Very much appreciated.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Unbelievable! But at least you were successful in the end.

I've made changes before and in fact even paid the charges at the airport, so why have this issue of difference in fare now, especially when one did not exist when the actual change was made over the phone.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Congrats! I hope there weren't any changes.

Even better!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Ah, that's too bad! I hate windowless window seats.

Would have been great to stretch out on that long flight to Abu Dhabi but a window seat is a window seat.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Very annoying indeed.

At least if one looks out during the actual take off it would make sense lol

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Both meals look really good! But portions are still smaller than on EK.

Yes EK is the top of the catering world. But EY's choices were sufficient for the route. Besides EY's offerings from start to finish on these Canadian routes always keeps one full, dinner, ice cream, sandwich, caramel popcorn, lunch!!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
I'm looking forward to that report!

I should start working on it soon.


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2429 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 16856 times:

Dear flightsimboy,

Did I tell you how I looked forward to reading your EY experience? When I took a quick look and saw the photos of the FA’s, I just said, ‘YES!’   

Oh, and I have never been so excited about the interior of YYZ Terminal 1!   


Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in Feb this year.

Congratulations with the amazing milestone of your parents!   

Now I clearly understand why you needed to return to Karachi!  


Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
I asked him why he in that case told me there were window seats, and his reply was “I was looking at the seat map for Karachi when I told you that”

At least he was honest about that.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
“This is all I have” he replied eager to end the 25 minutes call I had had with him.

He did not sound accommodating, but the agent might be under pressure to deal with incoming calls within certain time limits.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
“I have managed to contact them” he said “And you have no difference to pay”

Geez! Why did he just not do that at the very beginning. Anyway, everything was sorted out.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
My beloved yet to be flown Airbus A340-600 was being sent for that short sector. I had tears in my eyes and was so excited I had made the change!!!

EY must have acknowledged the special occasion!   


Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
She told me that the flight was full and any seat change now was not possible.

Just from curiosity. Why did you not perform online check-in beforehand?

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
“It has no seats in front of it and you can stretch out on the flight” he said eager to have given me the bulkhead emergency exit seat while he hurried me on to the gate where boarding was well underway!

He just tried to be accommodating!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
“You’d better do it now” she said, to which I made a quick U-turn and stood in between the area that separates Business from Economy!

Awesome!   


Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
“We are travelling together” he said sympathetically and asked if I would be willing to move to 45B in the third section of this magnificent Boeing 777-300ER!

You gave in as a kind-hearted person as I always know you.  


Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
I looked out through the windows and saw the lights of the city dance outside while my fellow female passenger continued to look at her screen ahead. Why ask for a window seat when you have no intention to look outside!

That was just bullying! What a cruelty!  


Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
a brownie surrounded by white icing, a big change in taste from the former.

How did you like it?

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
my ear and nose ringed neighbour at the window and my tattooed Caucasian friend in the aisle both of whom were now in lala land

   I love this expression!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
stood there stretching like a cat that had been asleep for too long

Do you attend PowerYoga class by any chance? 


Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
View from my new seat 55K

The well-deserved result of determination!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Meal service prior to arrival into Abu Dhabi

Did you have biryani as main course?

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Thank you very much this fine bunch of dedicated Etihad staff.

So nice to know that! Did you fill out any feedback form about their great service?

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Igor and Nathan
Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
The male FA’s in their new uniforms.

Is Igor on the left and Nathan on the right? OMG, they are just HOT!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Sorry for such a lengthy report.

No problems! It was such a LOVELY read!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Looks like some of the report did not post due to it's length!!

You’re not the only one with that experience…

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
It took a good 25 minutes before we got to the area from where would have normally queued.

Oh dear! Luckily, it’s not a common sight!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Aircraft Reflection on our Air bridge
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Reflections on the engine cowlings of our aircraft

Artistic!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
two Indian descent occupants sat in 26A and B

26A? How dare they!  


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Lunch Details

Do I spot paneer on the menu?   


Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Detail of the Fish Biryani
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 1):
Detail of Chicken meatball lunch

   I virtually eat them all!
Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Thank you for reading!!.

My great pleasure!  


Thank you so much for sharing, flightsimboy. What a great Saturday afternoon read after intensive morning work-out at the gym!

You definitely get me in the mood of my own holiday!   


All the very bests and have a great weekend,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 16644 times:
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Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Did I tell you how I looked forward to reading your EY experience? When I took a quick look and saw the photos of the FA’s, I just said, ‘YES!’
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Oh, and I have never been so excited about the interior of YYZ Terminal 1!

I could almost sense you reading it as I was documenting it lol. Yes, such a strange lot we are that seize any opportunity to photograph the cabin crew whenever the moment arises!!

I can only understand your excitement about YYZ Terminal 1. Just before one can take the escalators down into immigration, at the top in the curved glass area are photos of children holding "Welcome" multi-lingual signs of the many languages spoken in Toronto. I forgot to take a pic of that. It does make one feel very welcome, especially if you identify the language you speak in displayed there as well!! Besides such a warm welcome back into Toronto.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Congratulations with the amazing milestone of your parents!

Thank you!! It is a blessing to see one's parents celebrate such a milestone!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
At least he was honest about that.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
He did not sound accommodating, but the agent might be under pressure to deal with incoming calls within certain time limits.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Geez! Why did he just not do that at the very beginning. Anyway, everything was sorted out.
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

He just tried to be accommodating!

Ground staff can make or break your flight before you even set foot on an aircraft!! But as you mention they might have actually tried to be accomodating.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

Is Igor on the left and Nathan on the right?
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
So nice to know that! Did you fill out any feedback form about their great service?

Yes they are in that order. I will be extending this trip report out to EY to compliment them on their fine cabin crew. (Well at least the FAs serving in my area)

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

EY must have acknowledged the special occasion!

Ooh and they did it in style!!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Just from curiosity. Why did you not perform online check-in beforehand?

I did do it as soon as check in opened some 24 hours before, but decided to ask for a seat change at the airport as well. However, checking in online for the Toronto sector cannot be done at Karachi. Boarding passes are assigned at the check in counter only

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

Awesome!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
You gave in as a kind-hearted person as I always know you.

Thanks. Believe me, it if was a window seat I'd be a different person lol

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
That was just bullying! What a cruelty!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
26A? How dare they!

Well it was her seat by right, but I guess their version of Inflight Entertainment is the seat back video, and not the views unfolding outside!!

Oops meant 26B and C...No forceful seat occupation here!!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

How did you like it?
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Did you have biryani as main course?
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
Do I spot paneer on the menu?
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
I virtually eat them all!

The dessert tasted like something from a grocery store or fast food chain, and nothing like the Apple Crumble that they would serve along with the warm hot chocolate hmmm! I guess it makes more sense to serve the dessert on the tray rather than wake those who would like to sleep once the trays are cleared and opt not to have any beverage.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
No problems! It was such a LOVELY read!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):

Artistic!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
I love this expression!
Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
My great pleasure!

Thank you so much for sharing, flightsimboy. What a great Saturday afternoon read after intensive morning work-out at the gym!

You definitely get me in the mood of my own holiday!


All the very bests and have a great weekend,

Thank you for all the comments above! Glad you enjoyed it. I think I will start working on the return trips right away.

Have a good weekend yourself!!

PS:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 4):
You’re not the only one with that experience…

Lesson learned lol


User currently onlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5014 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16164 times:

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When I got to the local Etihad Airways town office, I walked into an unmanned counter where not a soul was to be found. I guess they don’t usually get too many passengers coming to the town office, I would assume. I coughed loudly to try and get some attention but even my sounds in the counter area went unattended! I waited another five to six minutes before somebody passing by noticed me and got an agent to attend to me immediately. I told him I was there to pay some money to which he responded “Some money?” and I explained my situation and gave him my booking reference. When I checked the fare at home prior to making the call to the Etihad call centre in India, I noticed that the fare for the new return date had actually dropped to CAD 1350. So I knew there was no fare difference to pay. He started to type onto his computer and then looked at me and then looked back at his screen by saying “You have to pay CAD 240, Sir”. I looked at him and asked what the additional CAD 40 was for. It’s the difference in the fare he told me, looking quite eager to go ahead with the payment. “I was told there is no fare difference” I told him, explaining how I found the fare of CAD 1350 instead on that day. “It’s showing an increase now” he told me turning his computer screen to me. “The agent told me it is going to be CAD 202 only, and that is what I am going to pay” I told him sternly, not giving into the new amount quoted which would then take my fare to way over CAD 1600. “The date I made the change there was no fare difference” I explained to him. “It is showing an increase now” he said to me again, making me believe it was my fault for not paying the charges with the credit card on the day I made the change and by paying this now I had to incur these charges. My reason to fly Etihad was the low fare I initially found, which actually dropped even further a few days later. “I am not going to pay that from my pocket” he said to me, while typing and then said “Do you know the name of the person you spoke to?”. I fumbled at this strange request and while I normally note down the names of the person I speak to I had not at this time. “I do not know his name” I said, to which he said “In that case you need to call them again” I looked at him in disbelief as he now turned his phone towards me and proceeded to pull up the Etihad call centre number. I wanted to see where all this would go so I started to punch in the numbers on the keypad as he slowly spelled out each number to me. In seconds I was connected to the Etihad Airways menu options and keyed in the relevant numbers to get me to the department I was going to have to talk to get somebody from India to talk to me. While I waited in almost disbelief that I was actually making this call as a passenger, and the familiar Etihad music while on hold played in my ear, the agent started to type away and then two minutes into the call he indicated to me to put the phone down. “I have managed to contact them” he said “And you have no difference to pay”. While happy it all worked out I was just quite amused if not taken aback by this whole fiasco. I paid him the amount and left immediately.

= This is rather poor. I have found several of their ground agents to be rather weak ... but still miles ahead of QR.

Thanks for the report. I have had mixed feelings about EY for long, but they seem to be picking up their game of late. Wish you showed me more pics of KHI!

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineTR1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 253 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16064 times:

Thanks for sharing this report. I've always enjoyed your Etihad trip reports and especially your writing style. EY is the one Gulf carrier I haven't flown on yet and this makes me want to make a trip to AUH! Looking forward to your AUH-KHI-AUH report.

Personally I like the new male F/A uniforms better than the old one.


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 15395 times:
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Hi Alex,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
This is rather poor. I have found several of their ground agents to be rather weak ... but still miles ahead of QR.

The ground agents were actually very good at Karachi, polite and curteous and even addressed me by my last name. But yes they are two seperate entities sometimes.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Thanks for the report. I have had mixed feelings about EY for long, but they seem to be picking up their game of late.

Their service levels have improved but then again the flight from Karachi was less than stellar. Cabin crews barely smiled.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
Wish you showed me more pics of KHI!

I'll include a link once I get some pics uploaded on Flickr.




Hi TR1,

Quoting TR1 (Reply 7):
Thanks for sharing this report.

You are welcome

Quoting TR1 (Reply 7):
I've always enjoyed your Etihad trip reports and especially your writing style

Thank you! Your kind words. They only encourage me to write even more!!

Quoting TR1 (Reply 7):
EY is the one Gulf carrier I haven't flown on yet and this makes me want to make a trip to AUH!

You should try them out. I'd like your trip report about your experience with them!!

Quoting TR1 (Reply 7):
Looking forward to your AUH-KHI-AUH report.

Spent most of today completing it.

Quoting TR1 (Reply 7):
Personally I like the new male F/A uniforms better than the old one.

They are very mainstream now. The older ones dinstinctly set them apart from the traditional suits.


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 14772 times:

HI FLightsim.,

Well, I just about had tiome to have a look over this report! I am in the middle of a big adventure as you can imagine!

You give us a great account of this flight quite often, and your photographs seems to get better each time.

It is a fantastic aircraft, and astounding to think the distance it travels.

Best wishes>

Luke



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 14219 times:
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Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
Well, I just about had tiome to have a look over this report! I am in the middle of a big adventure as you can imagine!

Papua New Guinea....Now you have me all worked up in anticipation to read all about it......Turly a world class traveller of our times!!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 9):
You give us a great account of this flight quite often, and your photographs seems to get better each time.

Thanks for the kind words


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2088 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 13703 times:

Phenomenal TR as always, man! Glad you struck upon these nice nuggets to enhance your trip along the way.

I am going to echo the comments above and say that your TR pics and writing continues to improve and wow me each time. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your journeys back home with us as they are very enjoyable to read!!!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
I had to return to Karachi to attend my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in Feb this year.

I hope you had a great time with your folks!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
While happy it all worked out I was just quite amused if not taken aback by this whole fiasco. I paid him the amount and left immediately.

Wowowowow. Way to be a good Samaritan here.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
I almost fainted in unbelief as I saw the words “Airbus A340-600” showing as my aircraft for that day. My beloved yet to be flown Airbus A340-600 was being sent for that short sector. I had tears in my eyes and was so excited I had made the change!!!

"One Love. One Heart. Let's get together and feel all right." Haha. How could any of us on these forums not be separated by birth. These similarities are so insane!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
At the gate stood a Female FA of Indian descent, not as cheery as her Irish colleague!

I really don't know anything about Etihad Airways outside of their biz model. Are they like EK (culturally/HR speaking) and recruit globally? How does that translate to consistency in on-board cabin service? I've heard mixed reviews about EK but not much on EY/QR. Your observations seem to indicate its a similar mixed-bag situation.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
We started to chat up a bit and were soon followed by FA “Jiri” from the Czech Republic. What a fine FA he was, so courteous and who after a whole I got to realise had no intentions to becoming an FA but was now glad he did.

This could be one of my latest favorite things to do on airplanes now. The industry has changed so much yet it seems like there are still inconspicuous ways to live vicariously through others (fas and pilots) talking about the aviation landscape.

Brilliant job, well done my friend!!!



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 13252 times:
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Hi IrishAyes!!

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 11):
I am going to echo the comments above and say that your TR pics and writing continues to improve and wow me each time. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your journeys back home with us as they are very enjoyable to read!!!
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 11):

Brilliant job, well done my friend!!!

Thank you for the kind words!! It's my dedicated readers like you and the others on a.net that make me want to improve each time I do a report. I am so glad you enjoyed it, makes the effort of putting it together all them more rewarding.

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 11):
I hope you had a great time with your folks!

I had such a wonderful time I am so tempted to go again...soon! lol

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 11):
"One Love. One Heart. Let's get together and feel all right." Haha. How could any of us on these forums not be separated by birth. These similarities are so insane!

Since we both have travelled extensively to that part of the world, I think our experiences are somewhat closer than others, but yes so similar!!

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 11):
I really don't know anything about Etihad Airways outside of their biz model. Are they like EK (culturally/HR speaking) and recruit globally? How does that translate to consistency in on-board cabin service? I've heard mixed reviews about EK but not much on EY/QR. Your observations seem to indicate its a similar mixed-bag situation.

I've noticed that crews on both EK and EY tend to get along well though so culturally different. However the differences appear in the way the FAs present themeselves to passengers. Some are clearly enjoying their jobs, while some seem to be having a bad day. While sometimes being culturally different also leads some to treat certain passengers in a different way. But overall with all my past EY flights except for two sectors EY has remained relatively consistent in service.

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 11):
This could be one of my latest favorite things to do on airplanes now. The industry has changed so much yet it seems like there are still inconspicuous ways to live vicariously through others (fas and pilots) talking about the aviation landscape

Believe me, you are so correct when you say we live through the FAs when we talk to them! And I think they can see it too and that is when they open up to you. And to think it begins with an excuse to get a glass of water from the galley lol

Thanks again for taking the time to comment!!


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 12883 times:
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Hello flightsimboy,

That was a very nice and comprehensive read with nice photography! With all those little annoyances building up way before and during the initital phase of your outbound flight, I’m happy to see that the crew was able to reverse your feelings and actually could contribute to a most pleasant journey. The crew really looked like an international and friendly bunch! And you know what they say: no matter how good the hardware, it’s the crew that makes a big part of the journey.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
While happy it all worked out I was just quite amused if not taken aback by this whole fiasco. I paid him the amount and left immediately.

What an ordeal!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
the sector had been upgraded after all from a tiny Airbus A320 to the ultra-long Airbus A340-600.

Now that it an a.net upgrade in the best possible way. So were you able to fly the A346 then?

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
EY 140’s Friendly Purser and FA

Looking smart, but where’s you? Might we have a new akhmad here  

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
29K had no window and by now I was just so disappointed.

I can only imagine, nothing worse than that although you know that for 90% of the flight, the window blinds will be shut.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
and I looked below to see if he had indeed used the socks too, which he had not.

  

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
View from my new seat 55K

Now that’s much better  

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
View from the air bridge of A6-ETE

When looked at from this angle, it’s a very smart plane and a distinct Middle Eastern livery. Me like!

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Drink services with a savoury mix bag

A nice touch with those red (plastic?) glasses.

Quoting flightsimboy (Thread starter):
Gorgeous wing of our Boeing 777-300ER

Great shot!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineAdventuristo From Canada, joined Feb 2013, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12782 times:

Great report and pics! What camera/lens combination are you using?

User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12173 times:

Dear flightsim,

Excellent report on Etihad! After reading your prelude earlier, i was hoping you'd get on EK, but in the end, you are Mr. Etihad so we can't have you onboard anything else!  

I have been hearing of many call centre / ticket office issues with EY. They seem to have some issues there that would need to be ironed out eventually. But at least your fiasco was sorted out in the end, and i am glad you did not listen to them and pay the extra amount!

After so many years, i finally flew EY twice in Business Class last month, and i was quite impressed with the slight improvements in the service. While still not the EY that was once a rising star, but nonetheless they were excellent and the crew were all so friendly and cheerful.

The new menus look much nicer now and i am assuming the ones you got in Economy are also new right? As for dessert, i too would have preferred it to be served stand-alone but it probably makes more sense logistically to include it on the meal tray.

Glad to see that you finally got your red-gloved purser picture   Definitely one of the best uniforms out there! Also, while i did like the older male uniforms, i think this new one is far more professional looking.

Where are the pictures from your A340-600 flight?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
= This is rather poor. I have found several of their ground agents to be rather weak ... but still miles ahead of QR.

I agree here. For a 'Skytrax 5-star airline', I expected far more on the ground than was is currently offered at the moment.


Many thanks for sharing this with us.

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 12074 times:
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Dear Adventuristo, Nils and Roni,

Quoting Adventuristo (Reply 14):
Great report and pics!
Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
That was a very nice and comprehensive read with nice photography! With all those little annoyances building up way before and during the initital phase of your outbound flight, I’m happy to see that the crew was able to reverse your feelings and actually could contribute to a most pleasant journey. The crew really looked like an international and friendly bunch! And you know what they say: no matter how good the hardware, it’s the crew that makes a big part of the journey.
Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Excellent report on Etihad! After reading your prelude earlier, i was hoping you'd get on EK, but in the end, you are Mr. Etihad so we can't have you onboard anything else!
Quoting Adventuristo (Reply 14):
What camera/lens combination are you using?

Thanks for your kind comments.

Nils, yes a flight crew makes the most part of the journey, and Etihad seems to be consistent in service!

Roni, you know EY always wins over EK with me! Great colour scheme, wonderful FA unifroms and an overall decent product.

Adventuristo, Canon Rebel T4i, with the default lens that comes with the camera




@@@@@ Nils - Relies to your comments.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Looking smart, but where’s you? Might we have a new akhmad here

Maybe one day I'll get bold enough to get behind the lens and around the gorgeous crews lol

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
I can only imagine, nothing worse than that although you know that for 90% of the flight, the window blinds will be shut.

Can you imagine a Dreamliner flight where you don't even have an option to change the shades if controlled by the crew!!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Now that’s much better

Oh it sure was!!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
When looked at from this angle, it’s a very smart plane and a distinct Middle Eastern livery. Me like!

She's a beauty I tell you, she's a beauty!!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
A nice touch with those red (plastic?) glasses.

Yes plastic indeed!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Great shot!

I think the Boeing777-300ER wing is best viewed from this angle!! So glad the seat 26A worked out well.




**** Nils and Roni - Some shared views by both of you!


Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
What an ordeal!
Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
I have been hearing of many call centre / ticket office issues with EY. They seem to have some issues there that would need to be ironed out eventually. But at least your fiasco was sorted out in the end, and i am glad you did not listen to them and pay the extra amount

I was quite surprised about the whole fiasco! Yes I am glad it worked out in the end and I did not have to pay the extra amount.

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 13):
Now that it an a.net upgrade in the best possible way. So were you able to fly the A346 then?
Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Where are the pictures from your A340-600 flight?

I am not sure if report in the attached link was confused for some earlier EY flights due to the lack of me providing dates, but here are the AUH-KHI-AUH sectors. ...Unfortunately no A340-600 flight but something far more stellar!!

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/234509/
"Etihad Airways EY 221 & 222 - Most Memorable Trips"




###### Roni - Replies to your comments.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
After so many years, i finally flew EY twice in Business Class last month, and i was quite impressed with the slight improvements in the service. While still not the EY that was once a rising star, but nonetheless they were excellent and the crew were all so friendly and cheerful.

Roni, so glad you were able to fly with EY in Business Class. Do we have the honour of reading of those reports on here someday?

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
The new menus look much nicer now and i am assuming the ones you got in Economy are also new right? As for dessert, i too would have preferred it to be served stand-alone but it probably makes more sense logistically to include it on the meal tray.

Yes, including the dessert on the tray makes more sense, as not everyone wants to wait to have dessert with their beverage.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 15):
Glad to see that you finally got your red-gloved purser picture Definitely one of the best uniforms out there! Also, while i did like the older male uniforms, i think this new one is far more professional looking.

Yes, finally indeed. Hence the magic title. "Mission Accomplished" . She was very accomodating with my request! I got two more equally stunning EY pursers in their uniforms but did not want to push it too much...lol. I was also happy to get the new Male Purser uniforms which definitely are a notch up from the grey suit and red tie...Hope their new FA female unifroms will not be too much of a change from the current one which I love so much!! But then it might be an excuse to fly with EY all over again  


User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1240 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 11772 times:

Hey,

Thank you for very interesting 2 reports.

I must say that i'm surprised about the inefficiency of YYZ airport, you got out no less then 2 hours after landing? Sound bad, in particular when you are so tried after a long flight. Last time I landed in YYZ, on October 2011, I was out after about 40 minutes.

EY service looks nice, was there some snacks available during the long flight?

Thx for shearing, Jonathan



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 11229 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 10):
Papua New Guinea....Now you have me all worked up in anticipation to read all about it......Turly a world class traveller of our times!!

haha. It should read China now. Not got round to changing it.

Yes, maybe have a report out by summer time, so don't do too much anticipating!

Luke



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 11028 times:
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Hey EL-AL

How I love seeing EL-AL jets at Toronto!!

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 17):
Thank you for very interesting 2 reports.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read them. Very much appreciated.

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 17):
I must say that i'm surprised about the inefficiency of YYZ airport, you got out no less then 2 hours after landing? Sound bad, in particular when you are so tried after a long flight. Last time I landed in YYZ, on October 2011, I was out after about 40 minutes.

The snowstorm we landed in also contributed to the delay. They do seem to have delays with the bags on Etihad flights, as the last time they came out an hour late

Quoting EL-AL (Reply 17):
EY service looks nice, was there some snacks available during the long flight?

Yes they do serve snacks, in addition to the two full meals they serve at the start and at the end of the flight.

Here is a pic of the standard sandwhich served during the flight (taken from my previous trip reports)



And they also serve the famous caramel popcorn. And you've seen the ice cream sandwhich too in this report  




Hey Luke!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 18):
It should read China now

China! Now you really got me interested! lol


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4226 times:
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Reviving this thread to add the You tube videos to the trips on the Toronto - Abu Dhabi - Toronto sectors. Etihad Airways is still my favourite Middle Eastern carrier. I love their colour scheme, the cabin interiors and above all the cabin crew unifroms, and most of all the friendly service.

Don't forget to watch them in Full 1080p HD mode"

Toronto to Abu Dhabi - EY 140 Toronto to Abu Dhabi (Scenic arrival into Abu Dhabi by night)

http://youtube/AufbpVWA9Eg

Apologies in advance for the engine taking up the view in most of the videos. Hope at least you can admire the sheer size of them!

Abu Dhabi to Toronto - EY 141 to Toronto Part 1 (Push back,Taxi and Take off from sunny Abu Dhabi)

http://youtube/8XTCNSgf5_A

Abu Dhabi To Toronto - EY 141 to Toronto Part 2 (Climb out of Abu Dhabi & en route to Toronto)

http://youtube/eEd0poKkyqU

Abu Dhabi to Toronto - EY 141 to Toronto Part 3 (Snowy Arrival into Toronto & very long taxi to the terminal)

http://youtube/epqcJaWED6k


User currently offlineB738flyUIA From Switzerland, joined Dec 2009, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3567 times:

Hello flightsimboy

Thank you very much for your effort on the TR. Is really a great pleasure to read and also the vids on youtube are great work. Really does look like a fine airline to me and must say that I'm happy they will be here in ZRH from May this year (if correct in mind). So for sure will take the opportunity to try our this fine airline.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
I love their colour scheme

I do also and have only seen them in LHR till now. That livery will for sure spice up the standard stuff we get here at the moment. So really looking forward to them as like to travel to Asia will be sure on priority's list to check when time comes.

On the vids are really great with the sound of those great engines. Only one little little minor point to the vids as I think there could be some little music in the background. Over all your TR I give you 10 out of 10 points.

Regards
Zolti.



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (1 month 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3418 times:
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Hi Zolti,

Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 21):
Thank you very much for your effort on the TR. Is really a great pleasure to read and also the vids on youtube are great work.

Thank you for your kind comments!!

Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 21):
Really does look like a fine airline to me and must say that I'm happy they will be here in ZRH from May this year (if correct in mind). So for sure will take the opportunity to try our this fine airline.

Yes they are starting flights to ZRH, PER, FCO, LAX to name a few.

Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 21):
On the vids are really great with the sound of those great engines. Only one little little minor point to the vids as I think there could be some little music in the background.

Then you might like these two definitely   which were featured in the other report. Again don't forget to watch in full HD mode

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/234509

EY 222 "A6-EYE - Manchester City Football Club livery aircraft" Karachi to Abu Dhabi (Part 1)

http://youtu.be/koVFubP-dA4

EY 222 "A6-EYE - Manchester City Football Club livery aircraft" Karachi to Abu Dhabi (Part 2)

http://youtu.be/gPTb9jQwjJ0

Thanks again for your kind comments!!!


User currently offlineB738flyUIA From Switzerland, joined Dec 2009, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

Hello flightsimboy

Thanks for your reply and also providing the links to a other TR and vids.  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 22):
Then you might like these two definitely   which were featured in the other report. Again don't forget to watch in full HD mode

For sure it was very nice to read and so interesting. Yes that is really nice with the music and now it takes a huge time to do all till it's finished as working on mine now from ZRH - HKT via DME & SVO. Just think that never will finish  

But I must say that from your TR I like EY's product very much. I'm really glad that they will approach ZRH soon and maybe see the EY's A330 A6-EYE on the opening flight. To be honest it's like balsam for the eyes then reading only about EK all the time even they have a good product.

And what you have planned for next trips?

Regards,
Zolti



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Hi Flightsimboy!

Thanks for an excellent report with very nice pictures !

Great to see you try Etihad again and service looks nice !

Too bad with the problem with the tickets and glad it got sorted out in the end.

Glad you got a nice window seat on the way back! Meals look nice!

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1152 posts, RR: 5
Reply 25, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2694 times:
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Hi Zolti,

Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 23):
Thanks for your reply and also providing the links to a other TR and vids.  
Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 23):
For sure it was very nice to read and so interesting.

Glad you enjoyed the other report as well.

Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 23):
working on mine now from ZRH - HKT via DME & SVO. Just think that never will finish  

Oh you must definitely get down to doing that report. I would definitely love to read it!! Was that on Transaero? That would make it even more interesting!

Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 23):
But I must say that from your TR I like EY's product very much. I'm really glad that they will approach ZRH soon and maybe see the EY's A330 A6-EYE on the opening flight. To be honest it's like balsam for the eyes

Balsam for the eyes...that's another one of the nicest compliment I've got  .
Quoting B738flyUIA (Reply 23):
And what you have planned for next trips?

Nothing much planned for this year. Saving on Aeroplan points to do a Business Class trip on sectors where I qualify.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 24):
Thanks for an excellent report with very nice pictures !

Great to see you try Etihad again and service looks nice !

Too bad with the problem with the tickets and glad it got sorted out in the end.

Glad you got a nice window seat on the way back! Meals look nice!

Hi Lars,

This trip report is actually from exactly a year back. So I am glad reviving it meant you got a chance to read it  . Glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 24):
Looking forward to your next report!

It's right here!

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/234509


User currently offlineB738flyUIA From Switzerland, joined Dec 2009, 543 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 25):
Oh you must definitely get down to doing that report. I would definitely love to read it!! Was that on Transaero? That would make it even more interesting!

Hi Flightsimboy

Yes, I'm working on it with every free min I have now. Yes I was with Transaero and a B744  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 25):
Balsam for the eyes...that's another one of the nicest compliment I've got  .

Your welcome but to tell you is little boring here to see aprox only 98% Eurowhite.

Regards
Zolti



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