Please don't take this as an NZ bashing. I am originally a kiwi and very proud of Air NZ.
I am extremely excited about all the recent developments within ANZ including the new planes, new product, new uniform and new routes.
Although I have not personally flown on them since the new business class was introduced, it has been said on this website to be "the most superior product in the sky at the moment". In saying that, I have only flown business when given a free upgrade!!
I have however flown Upper Class on Virgin onboard their A346 and I am aware that this is the same setup as NZ. Although the lie flat bed was fantastic, it did feel a little cramped in the narrow booth that you are seated in. In addition, you feel a little exposed to everybody that walks by.
Looking at the photo of Ethihad's new business class, which is currently on the front of the photo page, their product looks extremely spacious and with maximum privacy. I don't know what the service is like on Etihad but the photo certainly makes their seats look a lot more comfortable and inviting.
I hear that the IFE on NZ is meant to be the best in the market although those screens on Etihad look pretty big. Having never flown business on either NZ or Etihad I personally am not able to comment.
I am almost to scared to ask this question, as I run the risk of receiving a barrage of verbal abuse. Is it possible to suggest something as scandalous as Etihad having "the most superior product in the sky at the moment"????