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The Etihad First class apartment on the A380 is an incredible experience. The apartment is truly unique - along with Emirates and Singapore, it’s a cut above the rest.
This trip has been on my bucket for the longest time (nearly as long as the Intercontinental Danang), and it didn’t disappoint! Etihad First Class on the A380 truly is an apartment, rather than a seat. The food, drinks and service were also top drawer during my trip. It comes highly recommended!
I used 40,000 Asiana Air miles to book the flight from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow. No you didn't read that wrong! This is truly one of the best redemptions in the sky. The First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi is excellent too.
There are a number of ways to earn Asiana miles. Asiana is part of Star Alliance, so you can credit all Star Alliance flights to Asiana. They are a Marriott transfer partner and also have a US credit card. Their miles have 10Y expiry, which is obviously terrific.
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The 1st thing you notice as you walk in, is that it’s genuinely an apartment and not a seat. You have your own space and you can walk around. This is different to other first classes. Even if the seat is large, it is still a seat. Etihad was the 1st airline to have single aisle seating on a widebody aircraft. The apartment has the following features:
The seat is large, spacious and hard. It reminds me of a seat at a posh movie theatre! I liked it a lot
I liked the bed. I would’ve preferred it if the bed was wider, but that’s the trade off for having a separate bed and seat. I was able to get 4 hours of sleep, which is pretty good for a flight. I didn’t have any issues with the temperature of the cabin either.
In Etihad’s First Class, the menu is more of a suggested ingredients list - you can mix and match to create your meal. I’ve uploaded the menu in the above slideshow. At the beginning of the flight, the chef came to me, and we had a discussion about what to eat. He was able to create a bespoke meal, which was really cool as I was vegetarian on that day.
I went for the Arabic mezze for starter and halloumi cakes for the main. They were both very good. I am a huge fan of Arabic mezze, so I may be a little biased here!
The Halloumi cakes with green veggies and fries were good as well. It reminds me of the vegetarian option at a steak house!
The drinks offering is of the premium variety - I had a rose champagne to start with. I am not a champagne expert, but it reminded me of the champagne you get in business class. I didn't much enjoy it.
Overall the alcohol selection was decent. Grey Goose is a premium vodka. But it does lag behind what many other airlines offer in First class. It would be a high quality business class selection.
This is probably the main disappointment with the flight. It doesn't bother me, as I don't drink much alcohol - but it’s important to many people. The full drinks menu is in the above slideshow
The service was good. 3 people introduced themselves to me before the flight. Roshan was the in-flight chef. 2 members of the cabin crew also came to me. I found them all to be friendly, helpful and attentive. They all addressed me by name.
In an era where airlines are getting rid of First class, the Etihad A380 Apartment is a truly luxury First Class experience in the sky.
The apartment is spacious, the food was fantastic and the service was excellent. I had a terrific trip.
Have you flown Etihad First Class on the A380? How was your experience? Am I talking garbage?! Let me know in the comments below!