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Etihad Airways A6-APG EY204 Abu Dhabi - Mumbai

Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:21 pm

Etihad Airways A6-APG EY204 AUH-BOM

Airlines: Etihad Airways
Flight: EY204 AUH-BOM
Reg: A6-APG
Aircraft: Airbus A380-861
Dep AUH Terminal 3: 14:20
Arr BOM Terminal 2: 19:20
Distance: 1,999 km
Flight time: 2h 40m


Full Trip Report [Youtube Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QalneoFIBc

Introduction

Arriving in Abu Dhabi early in the morning from Sydney.

Trip report below:

Etihad Airways A6-APH EY455 SYD-AUH

Had breakfast at the airport before heading out to the city.

Breakfast

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Bus Trip

I originally planned to take Etihad bus to Dubai, had dropped that idea after calculating travel time.

Had searched information regarding transport, decided to take a bus no. A1 to the city. I missed the 8.10 bus to city as I didn't have the smart card. By the time, I returned the bus had left.

The smart card kiosk was confusing for first timers. Helped 2 other guys to buy a ticket, once i understood the process. The fare was approx AED 3 approx each way.

Smart Card

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One of the guys was a Spanish fellow returning from Gold Coast after attending acting course. He was an stunt actor in Spanish movie, had his company in the bus till we disembarked.

Abu Dhabi A1 Bus Route Ride [Youtube Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od1S8q-Kt7E

After reaching, he went to the Corniche and I went to the Abu Dhabi mall. Shops hadn't opened as it was still 9.30 a,m. I went looking for falafeel sandwich. I didn't get what I was after. Below is the picture

Falafeel Sandwich

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After some walking around the mall for sometime, I checked the return bus time and took the bus back to airport.

Return bus trip [Youtube Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XGgVZANws

Departure

On returning to the airport, departure was by terminal 1. Passed the immigration and then security. I had arrived at the airport at 11a.m for a 2p.m departure.

Walked around the terminal, passed the duty free shops.

Abu Dhabi Airport Terminal 1 Departure [Youtube Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7OC0DbKk2M

I was tired after the long flight and the walking in the hot sun. After spending sometime in terminal duty free, headed for the gate.

Walk to Terminal 3

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To Gate

I spent some time charging my phone and made a few calls using the free wifi in the terminal.
After buying some drinks from duty free headed for the gate. On arriving the gate, passport and boarding card was checked.

Gate 61 for EY204 to Mumbai

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Etihad Airways A6-APG

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Waiting area

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Boarding

It was a full flight. Waited at the gate for about 1 hr, boarding was called by zone numbers around 1.45pm.

A320

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Queue was long, It took about 15-20 mins to board the aircraft.

Etihad Airways A6-APG

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Cabin view

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Soon everyone was settled, my seatmate was a student from New Jersey returning during break. Next to him, parent of a U.S-based student returning after visit.

Window view

Service staff resting after cleaning the plane.

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Seat IFE

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Taxi and takeoff

Pushback was 15 mins past 2 p.m. Taxi was long, departure was from runway 31R.

Tail cam

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Waited for two Etihad A320's to depart before rolling to active runway.

Departure view

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Tail cam view

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Overflying an airport just after departure.

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Flight Information

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Menu

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Inflight service

Inflight service on this flight was far better. The stewardess was polite and communicative. I had ordered HMNL, I didnt receive any special meal.
Option was chicken, fish or vegs.

Lunch packaging

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I chose fish. Which was the right decision, food was good. Washed it down with white wine.

Lunch : Fish

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After lunch, trays were removed. Cruising over the Arabian Sea.

Window view

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Reading material

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Safety Card

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Turned on the IFE

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Was feeling tired, didn't watch any entertainment. Switched on the flight information.

Flight Information

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Flight path

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Soon time passed, flight was close to Mumbai.

Flight location

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Overflying Mumbai heading in the eastern direction. After series of turns lined West to land on Runway 27.

Approaching Mumbai

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Vashi Bridge

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Taxi to Terminal 2

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Arrival

Arrived at the gate vacated by Emirates A380. Seating in forward section. two gates were in operation. Didn't take long to disembark. Walk to gate was long.

Walk to Immigration

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Walk [Youtube Video]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LED5TIB12A

Immigration was quick as there were not many flight. Baggage took about 20mins to arrive. Passed customs. Headed out to meet family.

Conclusion

Abu Dhabi airport was efficient, but the toilet was rundown. Hopeful improvements will be seen when the new mid-field construction is completed. Etihad service was decent compared to the previous flight.
Mumbai airport was quick exit, since the time of the day was off-peak for international flight.

Watch the video to experience the flight. Hope you enjoyed reading this trip.

Thanks for reading till next time.

:)

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