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FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent! (Pics)

Wed Oct 05, 2005 4:39 am

In September I decided to go on a last minute trip to the United Arab Emirates and checked several interesting options. Finally I picked Etihad Airways from Frankfurt because chances would be good to fly their latest A330-243, A6-EYD, the first plane which was delivered to Etihad directly from the manufacturer. By surfing through various websites I had found out earlier that Munich only gets the two ex-Volare birds (A6-EYV and EYW) which still have their old (two class) interiors and no PTVs. I had also been told by different sources that A6-EYD would fly five times weekly to FRA, only Thursdays and Sundays are exceptions (again, the ex-Volare birds are used on these days).

On September 19 my girlfriend and I arrived at Frankfurt Airport on time at 18.47 after enjoying two smooth train rides from our home. First of all we went to Terminal 1B where we received our tickets at a counter of our tour operator. Then we headed to Terminal 2 for check-in. From the Skytrain station I spotted the Etihad plane and tried to have a closer look at the engine. It looked like a RR shape but I wasn’t sure – the Varig B777 parked alongside was not really helpful…
Anyways, after arriving at T2 I had another look from the McDonald’s and the RR engines were confirmed: the plane was A6-EYD, as I had hoped.


19. September 2005
Frankfurt (FRA) – Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Etihad Airways EY326
22.55-07.20 (22.47-06.52)

Airbus A330-243
A6-EYD (c/n 658), delivered 05/2005
Coral Zone (Plus), seat 10B




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Check-in
Etihad’s counters would open at 20.00 and we lined up along with some 50 other passengers. While we were waiting we overheard another woman’s telephone call – she apparently wanted to tell her friend or family at home about the airline. “Imagine, the airline’s name is “E---D---I---HADD. EDI-HADD. And imagine, they only have three tiny check-in counters!!!”, the lady emphasized. Wow, how I like those people who don’t have a clue about anything. Why don’t they just stay at home or fly their beloved Lufthansa if they don’t trust Etihad?  Embarrassment
These people should really be stuck in the middle of a holiday cattle carrier aircraft rather than having the pleasure of flying an almost brand new A332 equipped with the latest cabin features…  snooty 

Etihad’s staff first had a briefing and then they opened the counters absolutely on time. There were about 20 people ahead but it took only some 15 minutes until we were called. A friendly agent took our tickets and – as planned – I expressed a special request. Thanks to a trip report by a.net member UK_Dispatcher I knew A6-EYD is equipped with a F12C24W28Y152 configuration. However, the 28 seats of Coral Zone Plus (Eco Plus) would not be sold yet but allocated to as normal Coral Zone, with regular Eco service. So I asked the agent if those seats were available. He smiled and said “Yes, we can do that”. After some moments he said: “Which bird has chirped that to you?” ("Welcher Vogel hat Ihnen denn das gezwitschert?“)  Smile I replied: “Talk on the Internet and an insider with Etihad”.  Wink

We received our boarding passes and started one more tour around the airport as there was plenty of time left. On the way through Terminal 1A I examined a A380 “mockup” which Lufthansa installed there:



It’s equipped with several TV screens and boards which show information about the aircraft and the required A380 investments at Frankfurt Airport. Interestingly, all airline customers are covered, not just Lufthansa. There were also some Lufthansa seats on the upper deck and while being seated in these "chairs" for a while I suddenly was even more glad about flying Etihad soon… Big grin

We passed through security and just as last time at DUS there were some really kind and funny screeners. While waiting for my girlfriend one screener asked me where we would be flying to. I said “Abu Dhabi” and he replied “Oh, that’s were my wife and I will spend our wedding anniversary. Of course we fly Etihad, just as last time! Did you know that they already belong to the three best airlines worldwide?” Well, I didn’t want to go into a longer discussion and just replied “Aha”. Then he added: “The airline was started by the brother of the guy who owns Emirates”. Again I was a bit amused but just replied “Oh?” Then my girlfriend was ready, he wished us a pleasant flight and we said good bye.  Smile

The gate area for our flight was quite filled and it seemed to be a good load for Etihad. Most passengers were German tourists and some German business travellers, hardly any “others”. Picture options weren’t satisfying, but I didn’t want to leave without a picture of A6-EYD, so this was the result:



Boarding started shortly after 22.20 and as soon as the call was made people jumped up and lined up. We remained seated for a while and then joined the rest. Very friendly F/As welcomed us on board and as we headed to our row I was surprised to find a 2-3-2 configuration – I had expected more pitch but not necessarily one seat less per row. The Coral Plus section is equipped with beige seats, while Diamond (First) seats are beige & brown, Pearl (Business) seats are turquoise and Coral seats feature a mix of both colors. A true pleasure for my eyes: large PTVs!



Seating comfort is amazing, not just because of wider seats but also because of the cushion. Adjustable headrests and foot rests are also available. I don’t know exactly how much the pitch is, but it’s definitely enough.



While Coral Zone and our section were really packed (around 85-90 percent) there weren’t many pax in Pearl Zone. I have no idea about Diamond (First) as we entered the plane via the second door.
At 22.47 we were pushed back and soon taxied towards runway 18 (“Startbahn West”). Great feature: front camera.



We had to wait some time in line, directly ahead of us was a Lufthansa A346 bound for Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile. Then we turned in and at 23.10 the two Trents went to work. Runway lights well visible on the screen:



Takeoff was not really impressive – one disadvantage of sitting in the front or middle section of the aircraft. The T/O roll was not very long and soon we lifted off. On the screen we could still see the Lufthansa A346’s lights for some time until we turned east.

Inflight Entertainment

As I read on the forum not long ago, A6-EYD is the first ever Airbus aircraft to be equipped with the brand new Thales i4000 IFE system. Shortly after climb out the system was fully available and while browsing through the entertainment guide I realized there wasn’t any time to waste. Here’s the main menu (touch screen):



The IFE options were just huge, here’s a short summary of all features:


  • 8 broadcast video channels
  • 30 movies (video-on-demand)
  • 24 hours of television (video-on-demand)
  • 12 broadcast audio channels
  • 30 music CDs (audio-on-demand)
  • 29 games (games-on-demand)
  • inflight boutique
  • moving map
  • front camera
  • down camera


There were genres of all kinds, different languages available. I really liked the “Inflight Trivia Tournament” which even included an “aviation” category.  thumbsup  Though the trivia was nice, it’s not as good as Northwest’s (which also shows seat numbers of players). Another game highlight is the “Berlitz World Traveller” (language training).

Unfortunately the moving map did not work. I told an F/A about it and he confirmed there was an error in the system. Meanwhile a friend in the business told me probably Etihad doesn’t have the “rights” yet – well, who knows. It didn’t work on the return flight either. As a result, I didn’t get any info on the routing.
Though not having my favourite IFE feature time still passed by very quickly thanks to that substantial programming.


Food
Dinner service started some 40 minutes after takeoff and there was a choice of three main meals. Like certain other quality carriers, Etihad has menu cards, or better: booklets. There’s even an intro inside:

“Etihad is pleased to present our unique fusion menu, offering flavours from all corners of the globe created in a harmonious blend in one dish…” The text continues.

Interestingly, one of the three main meals was a typical German dish. The description came on an additional card put inside the booklet. It says the following:

“Etihad is pleased to introduce an additional choice of traditional German food & dessert along with our regular menu offering.”

Here’s the complete offering:

Appetizer
Baby Schrimps with Zucchini Salad

Main Course
Fillet of Hoki in Black Bean sauce (signature fish)
or
Chinese Stir-Fry noodles with vegetables
or
Grilled Veal Loin with Spaetzle

Dessert
Charlotte Royale
plus
German Cheese Cake

I chose the Thai fish and it was a very tasty choice. However there were some slices of capsicum on top and – though being used to spicy food – these were so extremely hot, I almost burnt my mouth!  hot 
Another nice surprise was the German cheese cake which came along as a second dessert. The whole meal was accompanied by crackers, cheese, a bread roll and chocolate – it was a very satisfying and filling dinner. They called it a “light meal” – what would a “real meal” look like? Two trays?



After dinner, tea and coffee were served and the Brazilian coffee was an excellent one. Drink service in general was very good, F/As passed through the cabin regularly, offering water and orange juice.

About one hour prior to landing a continental breakfast was served and I really had problems finishing that only some three hours after that big dinner. The fresh fruit tasted well, the croissant was rather average.





Earlier after dinner the bright cabin lights had been turned off and the passive lighting was activated. The blue and red illumination is amazing and feels very comfortable:



Later in the flight the sun appeared on the horizon which caused other beautiful lighting effects.



“The falcon is watching you!” – Etihad’s logo on the winglet:



As flying time was only 5:40 hours in total the descent into Abu Dhabi was coming closer. Too bad – the IFE system would have kept me entertained for another 10 hours I guess! Here’s a first impression of Abu Dhabi’s coastline:



Approach was quite straight and within minutes we were on short finals. Unfortunately, the front camera was switched off. Touchdown was soft and the aircraft was stopped smoothly. As expected, not really much traffic at Abu Dhabi Airport, though there were some interesting planes. I spotted a Cargolux B747-400F (LX-LCV), an Etihad A300-600F (TF-ELF), another Etihad A330-200 (A6-EYA), a Royal Jordanian A321 (F-OHGU) and a Qatar Airways A320 (A7-ADI).



On arrival at the gate the front camera was turned on again and it was funny to watch ground staff running around in front of the aircraft. We decided to remain seated until all other pax had left so that I could take some pictures of the cabin. I asked one F/A and she said “Sure, but it shouldn’t take too long.” Ok, I hadn’t planned to take a picture of every seat. However, here’s our row:



And another picture of the rows ahead, this time without flash:



One male F/A saw me with my camera and he offered me to come into Diamond Class for taking some more pictures. As we arrived in the Diamond cabin another F/A immediately grabbed some blankets, bags and trash at one row and threw it onto another seat out of sight (so that I can’t take a picture of a dirty and worn Etihad First Class cabin!). Then he switched the reading lights on, moved the seat into flat position and asked my girlfriend to lie down there for a picture. Really nice gesture!  thumbsup  And no, I don’t post it here. Sorry guys, the picture is only for my personal use!  Wink

I said thanks to the crew and we left the aircraft. The captain was ahead of us and apparently inspected the aircraft’s nose from the jetway. Then he said something like “Yeah, there it is!” I don’t know what he was looking for, I only know he had an American or Canadian accent. Well, it was nothing serious of course because he said “Yes” after I asked about taking a picture. Finally, I got a shot of A6-EYD:



Then we headed to the terminal and directly went to immigration. Just in front of the counters we found immigration forms to be completed – I’m wondering why those weren’t given out during the flight. Anyways, within 20 minutes we had our luggage and soon enjoyed the UAE’s heat.  cool 


Conclusion
Flying Etihad Airways was a real pleasure, almost everything was perfect. Professional and kind crews & ground staff, superb food, comfortable and clean cabin, the latest IFE system available. FRA-AUH was indeed an excellent experience.  bigthumbsup 

However, there were a few inconsistencies on the return flight – watch out for the report. Any feedback welcome.


Regards,
JM
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 5:04 am

Super Bericht! Gut geschrieben....okay now before the admin yells at me not using English....one question: your seats were in front of a bulkhead, did you have any problems with the recline?
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 5:05 am

Wow 2 deserts? Fantastic.
 
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 5:55 am

Hey JM,
a real interesting story and very good pix, well done.
Was your flight part of a package or self arranged?
I will go also to the UAE, if nothings going wrong, next month with KLM.
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:24 am

Awesome report about an awesome flight, reading was a real pleasure!

I hope I can check out Etihad as well in the future. It seems that they can easily compete with Emirates when it comes to passenger service, the Coral Plus Class looks very comfortable, the food looks very tasty, and the entertainment system must be the bomb! I also like the cabin illumination, the blue and red colors bring a real nice atmosphere in the cabin.

Quoting JetMaster (Thread starter):
Just in front of the counters we found immigration forms to be completed – I’m wondering why those weren’t given out during the flight.

Immigration forms? Is that a special Abu Dhabi thing or is that a new requirement since a few months? I can not remember that I had to complete an immigration form when I entered the UAE (Dubai) both times, I think I just walked up to the passport control guy and he stamped the visa as well as the immigration stamp in.

I am looking forward to the return flight report!

Patrick

Edit:

Sorry I forgot to ask if you collected miles for this flight and if you can say something about EY's frequent flyer program? Is it generous and is it easy to get status/free flights or is it such a joke like most of the European FFP's became lately (with Shithansa's Miles&Less on top of the "crap FFP list")?

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Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:10 am

Great report! I'm jealous that you Europeans have so many quality airlines available to choose from, and so many exotic places such a (comparably) short flight away. Flying still looks like it's an experience on airlines like Etihad.
 
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:25 am

An excellent trip report, really enjoyed reading it! Big grin

Etihad sound like a quality carrier.

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Wed Oct 05, 2005 12:25 pm

Excellent report. Suprised you got 2 deserts and 3 mel choices. IU had 2 meal choices and 1 desert on SQ  Wink

Thanks for sharing.
 
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 1:23 pm

Great Great report, I think that is one of the most comfortable looking cabin that I have ever seen. I am amazed at how airlines in the Middle East and Asia are so far advanced when it comes to cabin service. The U.S airlines especially are still stuck in the 1990s.
 
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Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:14 pm

Hi everybody and thanks for all comments!

Quoting Cgnnrw (Reply 1):
one question: your seats were in front of a bulkhead, did you have any problems with the recline?

No, they reclined normally, not any different from the regular seats. I was surprised about that, too.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Was your flight part of a package or self arranged?

It was part of an LTUR package, but there were so many offers that I could choose among several airlines.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
I will go also to the UAE, if nothings going wrong, next month with KLM.

Are you going to AUH or DXB? KL now uses the MD-11 to DXB again, AUH still gets the B763.

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
I also like the cabin illumination, the blue and red colors bring a real nice atmosphere in the cabin.

That kind of illumination is one of the best new features introduced in the last years. I'm wondering how many airlines use it already (besides Emirates and Etihad).

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
Immigration forms? Is that a special Abu Dhabi thing or is that a new requirement since a few months?

I was surprised as well. But yes, one had to fill a form with basic data (psassport number, UAE address and so on).

Quoting Sabena332 (Reply 4):
Sorry I forgot to ask if you collected miles for this flight and if you can say something about EY's frequent flyer program?

Prior to my flight I had found out Etihad doesn't offer such a program yet, but it's planned to be introduced soon.


Regards,
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 12:05 am

Great report JM.

So whats to see out in AUH? Ive been to DXB, but dont really know if its comparable?

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Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:50 am

Very nice trip report, did you enjoy your stay in the UAE?

That night lighting looks very comfortable indeed.
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Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:37 am

Great report - seems to have been a great flight as well!

Quoting JetMaster (Thread starter):
There were also some Lufthansa seats on the upper deck and while being seated in these "chairs" for a while I suddenly was even more glad about flying Etihad soon…

I can imagine that... Big grin ... damn, next time I'm back in Frankfurt, I'll really have to take a look at that mockup...

Quoting JetMaster (Thread starter):
Very friendly F/As welcomed us on board and as we headed to our row I was surprised to find a 2-3-2 configuration – I had expected more pitch but not necessarily one seat less per row.

That (the one seat less per row) seems to be quite a consistent feature with premium economy cabins - and I think it's a really good idea.

Quoting JetMaster (Thread starter):
A true pleasure for my eyes: large PTVs!

You and your PTV-fetish... Big grin  Wink

Quoting JetMaster (Thread starter):
Great feature: front camera.

It seems as if the camera is angled down a bit too much, or does it just look that way?

EY sure seems like a good option for flying in that direction...

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Quoting KL808 (Reply 10):
So whats to see out in AUH? Ive been to DXB, but dont really know if its comparable?

Abu Dhabi is also a very modern and fast growing city, with shiny skyscrapers and countless other interesting buildings (including as many as 300 mosques!). One can spend some days there with exploring the city's museums, amazing shopping centers and beautiful park areas. Unfortunately there's a lot of construction work in the city's "heart" right now, one of the projects is a new road at the waterfront. So the famous "Corniche" (road) is not the lovely place which it should be right now. Some famous monuments have even been removed (e.g. Volcano Fountain) and will be back as soon as construction work is finished.

Of course, Dubai is still a class of its own. But Abu Dhabi is on the way up definitely!

Quoting A319114 (Reply 11):
Very nice trip report, did you enjoy your stay in the UAE?

Absolutely. We explored Abu Dhabi, went to Dubai, booked a desert safari (breathtaking experience thanks to ingenious drivers!) and enjoyed beach, pools and heat. UAE = simply great for vacation

Quoting Leskova (Reply 12):
You and your PTV-fetish...

You'll be a believer one day, too...  Wink

Quoting Leskova (Reply 12):

It seems as if the camera is angled down a bit too much, or does it just look that way?

Confirmed, it was indeed angled down. We couldn't see aircraft taxiing ahead.


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Thu Oct 06, 2005 5:21 am

Thanks for the TR.

Sounds a lot nicer on the new A330 than the ex-TAM A330's and the A340 I've flown on with Etihad..

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Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:37 am

That IFE looks/sounds great!!
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Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:37 am

JM:

Are you going to AUH or DXB? KL now uses the MD-11 to DXB again, AUH still gets the B763.

I will go to DXB on the famous MD11.

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Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:25 pm

Very nice Airlines and report. My trip to Dubai last year was fantastic. UAE is quite a place to visit.
 
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Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:02 pm

Quoting JetMaster (Reply 13):
Unfortunately there's a lot of construction work in the city's "heart" right now, one of the projects is a new road at the waterfront. So the famous "Corniche" (road) is not the lovely place which it should be right now. Some famous monuments have even been removed (e.g. Volcano Fountain) and will be back as soon as construction work is finished.

You'll actually find that the work on the Corniche is pretty much done - it was as you described it when I was there in March, but I've lived in AUH since June and can assure you the Corniche is lovely now.

Quoting Richard28 (Reply 14):
Sounds a lot nicer on the new A330 than the ex-TAM A330's and the A340 I've flown on with Etihad..

Yes, sadly. Once EY's B773s, A345s & NEW A332s come online next year, you will see the real EY product. Unfortunately, the leased TAM and ex-Volare A332s let the product down. I've seen pics of the new Pearl Zone on the B773s, and it is amazing. Only 1-2-1 abreast, and fully flat beds, as opposed to the sleeper seats on the 2 newest A332s, A6-EYD/YE.
 
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Sat Oct 08, 2005 2:06 am

Thanks again for all comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 16):
I will go to DXB on the famous MD11.

It's always a pleasure to fly the "legend"!  Wink

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 18):
You'll actually find that the work on the Corniche is pretty much done - it was as you described it when I was there in March, but I've lived in AUH since June and can assure you the Corniche is lovely now.

Well, it might have been even worse in March but there was still a lot of work going on. Plus the famous monuments as mentioned are still missing.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 18):
Only 1-2-1 abreast, and fully flat beds, as opposed to the sleeper seats on the 2 newest A332s, A6-EYD/YE.

Coral and Coral Plus won't change, I guess?


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Sat Oct 08, 2005 3:12 am

Quoting JetMaster (Reply 9):
Prior to my flight I had found out Etihad doesn't offer such a program yet, but it's planned to be introduced soon.

What, they don't offer a FFP? Hopefully they will introduce it very soon and hopefully they will have a lot of partner airlines!

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Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:45 am

Jacob:

Wonderful report! EY, QR (my last trip) seem to redefine travelling and further prove that the LCC age does not necessary mean that the competitors are so foolish to scrap their great products but rather build on product diferentiation! Good to know that the service industry is reinvirogating its performance.

The night cabin lightening is something I would need to get used to.. but better than AI's dark yellow-greyish bulbs Big grin

Wonderful report, thanks!
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Sun Oct 09, 2005 4:00 am

Jacob,

great report! and very cool pictures!

the food on Etihad looks very good! just one think, they should better use Colombian coffee  Big grin

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Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:38 am

Great TR!

As I've explained here many a time before the 2 times I experienced EY service it was pretty poor and we flew on the ex-TAM birds.
All the EY reports I read though seem to give me an indication that they're getting better and better!

Loved the pics and the ambient lighting looks impressive! Did it still have the new aircraft smell? I love that smell!

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Thu Oct 13, 2005 4:33 am

Hi again and thanx for all comments!

Quoting Mrniji (Reply 21):
Wonderful report! EY, QR (my last trip) seem to redefine travelling and further prove that the LCC age does not necessary mean that the competitors are so foolish to scrap their great products but rather build on product diferentiation!

Indeed very positive development, yes!

Quoting Avianca (Reply 22):
the food on Etihad looks very good! just one think, they should better use Colombian coffee

That would be worth a try!  Wink

Quoting MichaelJP (Reply 23):
As I've explained here many a time before the 2 times I experienced EY service it was pretty poor and we flew on the ex-TAM birds.

It would have been quite interesting to get a ex-TAM aircraft on one flight.

Quoting MichaelJP (Reply 23):
Loved the pics and the ambient lighting looks impressive! Did it still have the new aircraft smell? I love that smell!

I didn't notice it unfortunately. Some 80-90 flights since delivery must have absorbed it...  Wink


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Fri Oct 14, 2005 12:59 am

Hey Jetmaster

Nicely written , very good report. I recently flew on QR and I must say service was immaculate. (Very cheap fares as well , how are Eithads fares?) However , I was unlucky to have A7-AFO (Ex-Volare) on both flights (JNB-DOH , DOH-JNB). so no IFE. These Middle-Eastern airlines are really kicking it up a notch.

Can't wait to try the Eithad product since they intend to begin service to JNB 2006 I beleive.

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RE: FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent! (Pics)

Sat Oct 15, 2005 11:31 am

Awesome TR, Etihad looks great!!

btw, Does anyone know which aircraft I can expect on the Toronto to Brussels flight in November? I booked it through SN.

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RE: FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent! (Pics)

Sat Nov 19, 2005 8:48 pm

In April 2004 I flew from FRA to AUH but had a stopover in Doha (DOH) on Qatar Airways. AUH is a nice airport and will gladly go there again. I flew from FRA to DOH on a QR A300-600R and from DOH to AUH on an A320. I just LOVE The UAE.....
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RE: FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent! (Pics)

Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:39 am

Excellent report!

I hope you don´t mind if I use your format to write my own trip report?
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RE: FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent! (Pics)

Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:04 am

Quoting JetMaster (Thread starter):
Shortly after climb out the system was fully available and while browsing through the entertainment guide I realized there wasn’t any time to waste.

LOL, sounds like you had a good trip. I should try Etihad sometime soon too.
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RE: FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent!

Mon Nov 21, 2005 5:55 pm

Thanks again for all new comments!

Quoting SA006 (Reply 25):
Very cheap fares as well , how are Eithads fares?

Cheap, at least from Germany. They offer awesome deals (flight and hotel packages).

Quoting SA006 (Reply 25):
I was unlucky to have A7-AFO (Ex-Volare) on both flights (JNB-DOH , DOH-JNB). so no IFE.

Well, that's really bad luck - can happen with EY, too (interesting, both EY and QR operate ex-Volare birds). But they are exotic planes somehow. I a few years all these are gone.

Quoting SA006 (Reply 25):
Can't wait to try the Eithad product since they intend to begin service to JNB 2006 I beleive.

They start in December, twice weekly with A343.

Quoting AlitaliaMD11 (Reply 28):
I hope you don´t mind if I use your format to write my own trip report?

You are welcome to do so, of course!  Smile


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RE: FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent! (Pics)

Wed Nov 23, 2005 4:23 am

Awesome report and great pictures as ususal although you "forgot" to add that diamond class picture.  Wink
With so many quality carriers offering affordable flights to the gulf region and the far east, it gets harder and harder to chose the next airline to try out.

Next thing I will do is reading the return trip report  Smile
 
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RE: FRA-Abu Dhabi On Etihad’s New A332: Excellent! (Pics)

Wed Nov 23, 2005 6:08 am

Hey,

What a fantastic report! Etihad sound amazing, I can't wait for next year when they get their own new aircraft, what an amazing meal choice though!

How far is AUH from DXB?

Cheers,

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