It began on a cold Novenber morning. The Etihad chauffeur service collected us from home and drove us to Terminal One at Manchester. After check-in we were directed to the Wilmslow lounge which was pretty hard to find amongst all the other lounges to be honest. Being hungry too I was gutted to find there was no hot food on offer. Plenty of croissants and coffee and a good view of the apron but no hot food. We stayed for about 30 minutes before deciding to go for a walk around the terminal.
Our ride for the first part of the journey to Abu Dhabi was to be A6-EYH.
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Photo © Paul Markman
The aircraft was on time and boarding commenced 45 minutes before departure.
The cabin. No first class on this section of the journey.
Not long after take off pre-ordered drinks were served before the meal service began.
Some sort of appetiser. I'm pretty sure there was one missing.
For the starter I went for the potato and leek soup.
Followd by grilled beef tenderloin, pearl onion, mushroom jus, potato gratin and sauteed spinach.
This was followed by a trio of desserts.
Apple osmalia, stem ginger custard and baked apricot cheesecake.
Finally, the cheese selection.
First leg almost over.
Time for a nap.
After a quick and smooth transfer at Abu Dhabi our next aircraft was also pretty much on time. This turned out to be A6-EHD.
Photo © Jan Heistermann
Photo © Chris Lofting
As you can see it was full on both legs of the journey.
Now for the hard bit of the journey. Only another 16 hours to go.
As this was a night flight the lighting was not ideal for photographs so I didn't really bother taking many more. Apart from dinner that is.
Arabic mixed grill which consisted of a chicken kebab, lamb kofta, saffron rice and olive parsley sauce.
Movie wise there was a good selection. Inception, Cyrus (which I really enjoyed), Despicable Me, Jonah Hex and Just Wright starring Queen Latifah.
After what seemed like an eternity though we were almost there.
Bags were soon off and once we filled in our arrival cards it was plain sailing through customs and immigration.
Hope you enjoyed the pics.