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Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:21 pm

Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartment to Sydney




EY454 Abu Dhabi to Sydney

Etihad First Class Apartment

20 October 2015

Passenger: 490/496, First Class load 9/9

Reg: A6-APC

Flight time 12 hr 45 mins


This is NOT my first time flying Etihad A380 First Class apartment, after an absolute “WOW” flight in January 2015, I have been looking forward to my 2nd, a much longer flight.

Etihad A380 First Class “Apartments” LHR - AUH (by N178UA Jan 25 2015 in Trip Reports)

This time I decide to share the joyful experience with my wife. Flying together on our 4th wedding anniversary date!

As with all journeys on Etihad, the trip started with Limo pick up at my residence, then with porter service at airport and easy stroll through check-in and security, we arrived at Etihad Premium Lounge near gate 35 two hours ahead of our flight.

Unfortunately the Etihad First Class lounge is delayed in its re-opening. All First Class passenger can use either Terminal 1 First Class lounge (small one) or the Premium lounge combined with Business Class passengers.


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Etihad Shave and Six Senses Spa



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Another awesome aspect of the Etihad Premium lounge is the Sixth Sense Spa which entitle First and Business Class passengers for 15 minutes complimentary treatment. (Massage/Facials)

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Welcome Onboard



Boarding at Gate 33

Interesting we have to walk up the ramp of the upper aerobridge to board upstairs.

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We received warm welcome at the doors and escorted to our apartment suite, 1H and 2H. (both aisle seat)

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The wife is happily settled in her apartment 2H, which is an aisle seat.

The apartment feature make up station with mirror, 3 electronically controlled window, a generously long bench/ottoman and plenty of private space!

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It turned out we have a common friend with the F/B manager onboard, Chanida. It is a small world if you live in Abu Dhabi.

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Today’s flight crew

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Each apartment has plenty of storage places and a private chilled fridge. There are no overhead bins of course.

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The takeoff was delayed by an hour due to congestion of Omani aerospace. This became a serious daily recurring problem as most flight bound for India/Asia/Oceania leaves at the same time from both Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

During this time we were given a tour of the onboard bar.

The onboard bar/lounge is located just behind First Class and the galley but in front of the business class cabin.


Onboard Lounge




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The bar has self service concept, it does not have bar attendant like onboard Emirates or Qatar.

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I was in reversing position on takeoff as seat 1H face rearwards. It was interesting to feel the power of engine pulling my towards the force. The A380 is exceptionally quiet especially on the upper deck.

After the takeoff, table were set quickly for dinner. We opted to have dinner together.

Here is the menu: (Complete A La Carte and dining on demand)

Fine Dining



Beautiful table set up

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Chef creation: Amuse Bouche (not on menu), I forgot what it was….

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Starter: Lemongrass Soup and Alaskan Crab duo

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Middle Course: Lemon Sorbet to whet appetite.

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Main course: Chef Creation. Medium Rare Beef Tenderloin with Greek Salad and Mash Potato.

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Main Course: Rib Eye steak chopped with peppercorn sauce.

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Dessert Trio to follow.

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As usual after a heavy dinner, it is time to digest and go to bed to sleep. At this point, we were about 2.5 hours into the 13 hours flight and near Bangaluru according to the excellent inflight map display.

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Time for bed




Both beds were turned down. The double suite (1H/2H, 3A/4A, 3K/4K) allows couple to face each other when in full flat position.

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You still get plenty of space to move around with beds fully turned down!

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Good Morning Australia



After a solid 7 hours sleep, we’re already in the middle of Australia.


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View from the inflight tail camera. Over Red Center Australia!

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The excellent inflight map have many view option, this is pilot’s view

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I ordered my own customized breakfast, steak strips (from my left over at dinner)and fried eggs.

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Another look of my Apartment with doors closed. Breakfast can be have in total privacy like hotel in-room dining.

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The excellent upgraded Etihad E-box entertainment on A380. With smart phone type drop down choices. Touch screen enabled.

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Before landing, I have the luxury to take a quick 5 minutes shower to refresh.

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A Surprise before arrival!




An hour before the final arrival into Sydney, the crew surprised us with a beautiful heart shaped anniversary cake and champagne mimosa for an ultimate onboard celebration.

We didn’t see this coming at all and felt fully blessed and loved.

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A photo with the excellent team looking after us. Especially F/B manager Mariam (She is also the butler onboard) from Tunisia.

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Arrival into the shores of Sydney, final moment from the windows over Botany Bay.

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Conclusion




The Airbus A380 is an aircraft like no other. Etihad have completely reimagined the travel experience with the A380 in order to offer the ultimate in luxury, comfort and service for their guest.

With a smooth touch down on Rwy34L, the Etihad A380 brought us to our old home, Sydney and our experience with double Apartment came to a sweet end.

I was very impressed of my flight with Etihad with their new aspired in-flight service and offering on this new state of the art aircraft. The crew made an outstanding effort looking after us and made us feel truly loved, blessed and royalty.

I don’t think there will be ever a bad flight experience onboard Etihad A380, the product is just so outstanding and will speak for itself.

Looking forward for more Etihad A380 flight into the future.


Thanks for reading

Sam Chui
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:56 pm

Awesome report Sam, yours are often a highlight of my time on the net! I often enjoy your photos on Facebook as well.
 
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:39 pm

Another amazing report, Sam.

Etihad looks incredible; I don't think there's any other word to adequately describe their First Class cabin. It looks better than any other premium product out there today!

What a way to celebrate your anniversary. A big Congratulations to you both!

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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Tue Dec 29, 2015 3:59 pm

Hi Sam,

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
Passenger: 490/496, First Class load 9/9

Very impressive loads.

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
It turned out we have a common friend with the F/B manager onboard, Chanida. It is a small world if you live in Abu Dhabi.

You also knew the FA on Qatar Airways. You are a popular guy  
Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
This time I decide to share the joyful experience with my wife. Flying together on our 4th wedding anniversary date!

Congrats

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
Both beds were turned down. The double suite (1H/2H, 3A/4A, 3K/4K) allows couple to face each other when in full flat position.

Is the gap between the divider and the window always there, or is this open because it's a couple's suite?

Quoting N178UA (Thread starter):
F/B manager Mariam (She is also the butler onboard) from Tunisia.

Do they not have a "dedicated" Butler on board anymore. I think in your last report too it was the F/B Manager that also served as the Butler
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:57 am

Hi Sam


Great TR and photo's as always  

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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:06 pm

All I can say is "Wow." You make a nice couple. Congratulations.
 
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Thu Dec 31, 2015 7:23 am

Quoting SaschaYHZ (Reply 1):
Awesome report Sam, yours are often a highlight of my time on the net! I often enjoy your photos on Facebook as well.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 2):
What a way to celebrate your anniversary. A big Congratulations to you both!
Quoting pjack (Reply 4):
Great TR and photo's as always
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
All I can say is "Wow." You make a nice couple. Congratulations.

Thank you  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Is the gap between the divider and the window always there, or is this open because it's a couple's suite?

There is a divider but can be opened (small gap) for couples as illustrated in the photo, but it cannot be completely removed.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3):
Do they not have a "dedicated" Butler on board anymore. I think in your last report too it was the F/B Manager that also served as the Butler

Bulter are also inflight food and beverage manager (the white jackets). If Residence is not sold on the flight, then the butler will fill the role as 2nd F&B manager dedicate to F class cabin.
Hope this explains.


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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:00 am

Hi Sam.

Your excellent photography shows off the Etihad product to perfection. There is no doubting that they offer a superior inflight service.

The sheer amount of space, the quality furnishings and food choices available is hard to beat. Living in Western Australia, I am pleased to see a wine from Margaret River on the wine list.  

Thanks for sharing.
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Fri Jan 01, 2016 5:20 am

What do you think of the 787? I think both the A380 and the 787 look like great airplanes. However, I do feel that on the outside the A380 looks ugly LOL.
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:30 pm

Happy New Year Sam. Wow what a fantastic report. Most of us will never experience this luxury so it is such a pleasure to always read your reviews. Cheers, Will
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:34 pm

I'm just off a EY J class DUB AUH HKG - and although not as fantastic as First, it still is the best j product in the sky - even on their older 332 seating.
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Sun Jan 03, 2016 8:47 pm

Happy anniversary Sam. Quite a nice way to spend it. Thanks for sharing this. According to his name, the Chef on board, seems to be Romanian.  
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Mon Jan 04, 2016 3:20 am

So, did you join the mile high club?
 
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:29 am

Quoting vio (Reply 11):
Thanks for sharing this. According to his name, the Chef on board, seems to be Romanian.

Indeed, he is a very nice guy.

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 10):
I'm just off a EY J class DUB AUH HKG - and although not as fantastic as First, it still is the best j product in the sky - even on their older 332 seating.

Glad you like, but their A330 J class is too narrow for me.

Quoting jeffrey1970 (Reply 8):
What do you think of the 787? I think both the A380 and the 787 look like great airplanes. However, I do feel that on the outside the A380 looks ugly LOL.

I prefer B747 and A350  
Quoting globalflyer (Reply 9):
Happy New Year Sam. Wow what a fantastic report. Most of us will never experience this luxury so it is such a pleasure to always read your reviews. Cheers, Will
Quoting WearyDrover (Reply 7):
Your excellent photography shows off the Etihad product to perfection. There is no doubting that they offer a superior inflight service.

The sheer amount of space, the quality furnishings and food choices available is hard to beat. Living in Western Australia, I am pleased to see a wine from Margaret River on the wine list.

Thank you for the kind words


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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:23 pm

Quoting N178UA (Reply 13):


Glad you like, but their A330 J class is too narrow for me

I found it fine width wise even sharing with my 22 month old. Both of us managed to find sleeping space somehow.
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:58 pm

Awesome report Sam, love the pictures and the commentary! EY looks great as ever, pity their ground and administrative staff are not as capable as capable as their flight crew.
By the way, have you been working out? You've lost weight!
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RE: Etihad Airways A380 First Class Double Apartments

Thu Jan 21, 2016 7:38 pm

Great report as usual Sam. Happy Anniversary!

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