Saturday, July 18, 2015

Etihad B777-200LR Business Class : Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi EY170


FLIGHT
Etihad Airways
AIRLINE
EY170
ROUTE
Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi
GATE DEPARTURE
4.55PM (Scheduled)
GATE ARRIVAL
8.00PM (Scheduled) / 8.30PM (Actual)
FLYING TIME
16 hours 30 min approx
AIRCRAFT
Boeing 777-200LR A6-LRC

Welcome to this report on the worlds 3rd longest flight by distance: flight EY170. Etihad's daily Boeing 777-200LR non stop service between Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi. At 13,502 kilometres in distance only two other flights are longer, being the Qantas flight between Sydney and Dallas, and the Delta flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg. On this flight I was flying in the business class cabin on the B777-200LR, an ultra long range variant of the B777 which was acquired by Etihad from Air India with this route in mind.

Friday, July 10, 2015

American Airlines Airbus A321 Transcontinental Business Class : New York to Los Angeles AA19


I have been watching with interest since American Airlines introduced their 'A321T' fleet at the beginning of 2014. These aircraft have now replaced the aging Boeing 767-200 fleet on the flagship domestic routes between New York JFK and both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The aircraft are equipped with 3 classes with 10 First Class, 20 Business Class and 72 Economy Class seats. Both First and Business offer flat beds with business being in a 2x2 configuration. Audio video on demand is available to all passengers. This is a very generous configuration, with most airlines seating double this amount of passengers on the A321. So, on a Sunday in May this year I finally found myself booked on the A321 Transcontinental, here is my report:

FLIGHT
AA19
AIRLINE
American Airlines
ROUTE
New York JFK to Los Angeles
GATE DEPARTURE
11.00AM (Scheduled) / 10.52AM (Actual)
GATE ARRIVAL
2.08PM (Scheduled) / 1.30PM (Actual)
FLYING TIME
5 hours 18 minutes airborne
AIRCRAFT
Airbus A321 Transcontinental

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Etihad B787-9 Business Studio : Abu Dhabi to Washington EY131



FLIGHT
EY131
AIRLINE
Etihad Airways
ROUTE
Abu Dhabi to Washington Dulles
GATE DEPARTURE
10.55AM
GATE ARRIVAL
5.25 PM
FLIGHT TIME
14 hours 30 min
AIRCRAFT
Boeing 787-9 (A6-BLA)


There has been a lot of hype from Etihad about their new Business Studio seat so earlier in the year I decided I had to try it! I was heading to New York but since the business studios only feature on the A380 and B787-9 Dreamliner, I decided to fly via Washington. Washington is the first long haul destination Etihad served with B787 equipment and is the only USA destination not served with Etihad B777's currently.