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kq787
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Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:53 pm

Hello A.netters

This is my trip for 2013. This trip covers my itinerary YYZ-AUH-BKK return. The purpose of this trip was to take a winter break. I had 3 weeks left in the calendar year for vacation which as per my employer’s policy I cannot transfer to 2014 so I had to take them before the years end. This is my 1st time taking a vacation in the dead of winter and as I had been in Bangkok twice before, (trip reports are on arliners.net) I decided to go back there but this would be my first time back there in the high season of December.

I had always wanted to use one of the UAE airlines that fly to YYZ (EK and EY) .both airlines only fly 3x week to YYZ and Etihad ‘s YYZ schedule ( AUH-YYZ on M/W/Sa) was the best and more convenient for me so I decided to book with them. I had previously read flightsimboy’s numerous trip reports on Etihad and was eager to experience Etihad’s service for myself .


Flight#1
Saturday December 7 2013
Route: Toronto (YYZ) – Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Flight #: EY141
Aircraft type: Boeing 777-300ER
scheduled departure: 9:50pm (actual 9:45pm)
Scheduled arrival: 7:35pm+1 (actual 6:40pm +1)
Seat assignment 23a

I arrived at Pearson International Airport on at 4:30pm and was advised that the Etihad check in counter opens at 5:45pm. I therefore waited patiently at the airport terminal departure hall for checkin to open . I was one of the 1st passengers to join the queue thus avoiding the later line of passengers bound for SE Asia with their numerous baggage . I was checked in the line reserved for business class and swiftly given my boarding passes


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On my way to the airport

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Entrance to terminal 1

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The signs directs passenger where to check in

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Waiting for the Etihad to open at 5:45pm

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Darkness falls

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The flight is on time

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The empty check in desk. The benefit of very early check in

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After having dropped of my bag and presented with my boarding passes, I proceed to the security check point.

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Post-security, on my way to the gates airside

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I believe this art sculpture is quite famous

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This evening, the EY flight is leaving from gate E72

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Trying to get a good pic of the plane , unfortunately did not get the registration

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Love the new layout of the terminal with desk and WIFI access

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Charging phone

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The Toronto Pearson Wifi access is sometimes slow

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Duty free always has the things I dislike: chocolate, cigarettes and alcohol

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Enjoying a preboarding snack.

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Did I mention I love the terminal waiting area layout?

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Watching a YouTube documentary on the King of Thailand

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The gate area is building up with passengers

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Flight is still on time

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Now the boarding process begins.

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Walking down the jet way to the plane

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A better picture of the plane. I love the triple 7

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My seat 23A. leg room is ok

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A Turkish Airlines 77w parked next to us. I have yet to master night photo taking

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The boarding process continues. The flight is packed tonight

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Came prepared for the long night flight. But this item was of no use I cannot sleep properly inside a plane

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Route map

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Etihad’s Ebox

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After everyone boarding, the doors were closed and the flight is ready to depart. The preflight prayer begins

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Safety video is played

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We taxi to runway 23. As always, my night shots are not the best

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The cabin is illuminated in various colours for departure

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All of a sudden, one of the overhead lockers unlocked itself and was opened just before take off.

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Thanks ma’am. A security issue is avoided.

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Takeoff from runway 23

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Kit and headphone are available. One can keep the former and not the latter

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The cabin is illuminated on various colours throughout the flight

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Immediately after takeoff, I watched the first film: Elysium with Jodie foster and Matt Damon. So-so film

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Menus are distributed by the cabin crew

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Hot towels are distributed as well

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Charging my phone and batteries inflight

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This message appeared frequently throughout the flight

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Dinner service begins

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My choice: chicken in tomato sauce with mango juice

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Very delicious and edible

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2nd film watched: we-re the mill
 
kq787
Topic Author
Posts: 71
Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2005 10:22 am

RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:56 pm

CONTINUED..

2nd film watched: we-re the millers with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. No opinion as I dozed off half way. Didn’t bother to rewatch it

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The flight is at the mid atlantic point now

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But the map at the front of the cabin had the flight still flying over Quebec. It was stuck at this point throughout the flight

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Next morning over Europe

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2nd meal served. Biryani rice

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3rd film watched: the great Gatsby

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Got up to stretch legs and use the washroom

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Darkness falls

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As we prepare to descent to Abu Dhabi, the video on the city is shown

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I love the cabin illumination

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We touched down and proceeded to terminal 3

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Arrival at the gate

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Deplaning

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Proceeding downstairs to go through security which was brisk

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Flight#2
Sunday December 8 2013
Route: Abu Dhabi (AUH)- Bangkok ( BKK)
Flight #: EY402
Aircraft type: Boeing 777-300ER
scheduled departure: 9:50pm (actual 9:45pm)
Scheduled arrival: 6:50am+1 (actual 6:35am+1)
Seat assignment 51k


Bangkok flight is on time

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Again my poor attempt to get a pic of the plane


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Lining up to board

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Seat view. The plane next to us will depart for Mumbai

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Security video is played

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Watching documentary on Palacio Real of Madrid

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Meal of the flight: Thai rice with vegetables

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Tea is provided afterwards while passengers sleep

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Current flight location

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I do not remember what movie this was

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1st view of the morning sun

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We touched down 35 minute past 6am and proceed to the terminal. Being seated at the back of the plane , it took forever to deplane

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After 3 wonderful weeks in Thailand, it was time to return home to Toronto. I was not looking forward it to it as I had keep abreast of the ice and snow storm that had occurred during my absence. I like the idea of a winter break. On previous holidays , I had gone off in the summer and it is somewhat refreshing to do so in December.

Flight#3
Saturday December 28 2013
Route: Bangkok ( BKK)- Abu Dhabi (AUH)
Flight #: EY402
Aircraft type: Boeing 777-300ER
scheduled departure: 2:30am (actual 2:18am)
Scheduled arrival: 6:15am (actual 5:55am)
Seat assignment 51a

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Leaving the hotel Urbana Sathorn to take the taxi to the airport

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Ride to the airport

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My taxi driver stopped all of a sudden in the main highway from Bangkok to the airport, got off , and proceeded to urinate on the side of the road ( see above pic) . He was talkative throughout the ride but I could not understand him at all as he spoke a strange thaiglish

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Arrival at the airport

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Check in information. Flight is on time

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Lining up to drop of bags

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After dropping off bags and getting boarding passes, I proceeded to go to one of the restaurants on the lower for a meal

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Post security and airside

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Proceeded to the gate for boarding

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View of the plane

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Seat 51k

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Headphones and blanket

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Pre departure prayer

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Safety video

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Illumination of the cabin

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51b was free so some spare room for me

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Take off from BKK

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Breakfast is served. Most passengers slept throughout the flight

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Decided to watch a film: Blue Jasmine with Cate Blanchett. The ending was confusing

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Cabin view

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Prior to our descend into Abu Dhabi, a video of the airport is played

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Flight connection information is displayed. My Toronto connecting flight is delayed 2 hours

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Approach to Abu Dhabi

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Landing 30 minutes ahead of schedule

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Waiting to deplane

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Early morning sun in Abu Dhabi

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Flight#4
Saturday December 28 2013
Route: Abu Dhabi (AUH) – Toronto ( YYZ)
Flight #: EY141
Aircraft type: Boeing 777-300ER
scheduled departure:10;20am (actual 12:30pm)
Scheduled arrival: 3:45pm (actual 5:55pm)
Seat assignment 53k



FIDS information. Flight delay to Toronto is reported

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Joining the LONG queue for passport and document verification at gate 30

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Toronto bound passengers waiting at the gate

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View of our aircraft

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kq787
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:19 pm

CONTINUED

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Our aircraft. Registration was not taken unfortunately

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After document verification, queuing to board the aircraft

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My seat 53k

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Safety video is played

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Cabin view from my seat

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Leaving the gate

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YES!! 2 seats to myself for the long 13 ½ journey. Unusual for the high season Christmas travel time

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Takeoff

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Menu card is distributed

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Lunch service begins

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My choice :chicken with vegetables

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Snow capped mountains over Turkey

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Finished lunch off with tea

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Approaching the black sea on the Turkish coast

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By the time we reached the European skies, nightfall had come

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Watching a French thriller film with Gérard Depardieu. The title name escapes me

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2nd meal. Pasta. Not very appetizing
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Approaching the Canadian coast

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Filling out the immigration card

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Descending into darkness to Toronto

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We landed on runway 24l and taxied to terminal 1

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Waiting to get off the plane. Sitting at the back of the plane, I was one of the last to deplane

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Walking towards immigration

CONCLUSION: excellent product on behalf of Etihad Airways . The meals, the frequent attention of the cabin crew toward the passengers impressed me greatly. For me it is hard to comment of the seat space as I am 5’7 ‘ and I usually have a hard time trying to find a sleeping position on transatlantic flights . But the extra seats on the return flights were a benefit and the extra space an advantage. I would definitely fly with them again.
 
theaviator380
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:56 pm

Very good TR.

EY have decent product in Y, strangely and surprisingly quality of food looks going down from your first meal towards your last meal, atleast from pictures I can see that. YYZ-AUH first meal looks delicious, then 2nd meal looks ok but on returns leg BKK-AUH is ok however, AUH-YYZ looks bit sad.

That mood lighting is just perfect, very nice. How was service overall in flight? were you happy? It's such a long journey...must be so tiring especially delays can add extra stress.

Cheers.
 
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:35 pm

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The door on the front gear shows "TG" ... so I think the missing reg on the last flight would be A6-ETG

Etihad seems a nice airline to fly with ... thanks for the nice report!

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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:05 pm

Hello and thank you for sharing with us your wonderful trip report!

Etihad must really offer a good service standard for you to fly via Abu Dhabi versus Seoul or Hong Kong, for example. I am glad you had a good flight with them!

As far as the catering goes, the menu selections seem nice enough... and one thing for sure, you will never run low on rice and vegetables with Etihad! lol! Etihad will do well in California for this reason alone!

I should also add how impressed I am for Toronto to offer the nice desk amenity around the boarding gates. It helps for a productive day and to pass the time away, too!

How did you like your hotel in BKK, btw? There are so many of them in Bangkok, so it is hard to rely on the reviews on various travel sites.

Thank you again!

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CARST
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:32 am

Hi kq787, a fine report there.

Must be quite a long flight from North America to the Near East. How long did is the flight? 14 hours?

Quoting kq787 (Thread starter):
CONCLUSION: excellent product on behalf of Etihad Airways . The meals, the frequent attention of the cabin crew toward the passengers impressed me greatly.

I have taken EY a few times in 2013, to PVG and NRT and found them great, too. Crews are okay, doing a lot of drink runs at night, too, food was excellent all the time (except for their sandwiches/snacks).

Good to hear you had a good experience. But you are lucky you could transit within the new terminal on both legs, inbound and outbound, as the transit between the terminals is not such a nice experience.

Quoting kq787 (Thread starter):
For me it is hard to comment of the seat space as I am 5’7‘ and I usually have a hard time trying to find a sleeping position on transatlantic flights . But the extra seats on the return flights were a benefit and the extra space an advantage. I would definitely fly with them again.

I am 6'1' / 187cm and really have problems with most airplane seats, too. I found the legroom at EY okay for sitting, but really had a problem sleeping, too, as my shinbones were rubbing against metal under the front seat, which hurt after some hours.
Despite that problem my solution to sleeping on an airplane is getting a windows seat, turn a little bit to the side (if enough legroom available) and sleep against the window/wall. The buzzing of the engines lets me sleep quite good normally. The pillows did not help me, too.


Carsten
 
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:54 am

Looks like you had good flights on Etihad. Having flown them so many times, it was nice to see another person's perspective! My reports are on here if you are interested  .
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karan69
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:48 pm

A nice and crisp report and to the point, exactly what keeps the readers attention occupied.

EY seems a nice option, the only thing that keeps me from long haul on their 777s is the 10 abreast Y class layout,

Kudos and keep em coming

You can find your aircraft registrations here

http://planefinder.net/data/

Karan
 
kq787
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:44 pm

Quoting theaviator380 (Reply 3):
How was service overall in flight? were you happy? It's such a long journey...must be so tiring especially delays can add extra stress.

the service overall was excellent on all sectors. i was eager to try them from Toronto

Quoting photophil (Reply 4):
so I think the missing reg on the last flight would be A6-ETG

thanks for that .it is hard to get the registration at nightime

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 5):
Etihad must really offer a good service standard for you to fly via Abu Dhabi versus Seoul or Hong Kong

based on my online research experiences, the cheapest flights from yyz to bkk route you through europe/ME than through Asia.

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 5):
How did you like your hotel in BKK, btw? There are so many of them in Bangkok, so it is hard to rely on the reviews on various travel sites.

i stayed at the urbana sathorn located on RAMA IX road and centara karon resort in phuket. i relied on a travel agent to gibve me the best hotel options

Quoting CARST (Reply 6):
How long did is the flight? 14 hours?

12 hrs outbound and 13 1/2 hrs inbound

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
My reports are on here if you are interested

i mention you at the at the beginning of my report? did you miss that?
 
EL-AL
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:38 am

Hey kq787,

Thx for the report, going away from the winter cold of Ontario to Bangkok is indeed a great idea.

While the airline looks OK, i must say the long lines and busy gates in AUH do not look very well.

Why didn't you took a few hours at an airport hotel, at least on the westbound leg? You said that it's difficult for you to sleep on flights (same here mate), wasn't the BKK-YYZ flights too long waking hours for you?

Quoting kq787 (Thread starter):
Duty free always has the things I dislike: chocolate, cigarettes and alcohol

Oh and one more question - are you a monk?

Quoting kq787 (Thread starter):
YES!! 2 seats to myself for the long 13 ½ journey. Unusual for the high season Christmas travel time

That is fantastic! And on the longest flight of all 4.

Thx for shearing, great read. I hope to re-visit your hometown sometime in 2014.
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:10 pm

Quoting kq787 (Thread starter):
I had previously read flightsimboy’s numerous trip reports on Etihad and was eager to experience Etihad’s service for myself .
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 7):
Looks like you had good flights on Etihad. Having flown them so many times, it was nice to see another person's perspective! My reports are on here if you are interested  .
Quoting kq787 (Reply 9):
i mention you at the at the beginning of my report? did you miss that?

Honestly I was so excited to see a YYZ-AUH flight that I just went straight to the flights and pictures....I am glad my previous reports were a factor in making you fly with Etihad.

Thanks again for the mention. Appreciated   
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:48 am

Your shot from the gate at YYZ says the aircraft on the first sector was A6-ETP.
 
airbusfanyyz
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Fri Jan 17, 2014 4:51 pm

Great Report, thanks for sharing.
I last flew EY ex-YYZ in the summer of 2010. It was a horrible experience all around. Glad that your trip was better than mine was with them.

When I went to BKK in 2011 I went Westbound YYZ-YVR-HKG-BKK on AC & TG... Loved it!

Cheers,
Kaz
 
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RE: Experiencing Etihad ( YYZ-AUH-BKK ) RT

Sat Jan 18, 2014 2:01 am

Quoting photophil (Reply 4):
The door on the front gear shows "TG" ... so I think the missing reg on the last flight would be A6-ETG

I flew ship A6-ETG in 2012 AUH-ORD. Very comfortable plane!

Nice TR. Really reminded me of my flights with EY a few years ago.
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