Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Experience : EY19 Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow

I had the great privilege to fly on what is probably the world's most luxurious first class product late last year, the Etihad Airbus A380 Apartments. Here is my experience on this wonderful aircraft!

AIRLINE: Etihad Airways
AIRCRAFT: Airbus A380-800 A6-APB
ROUTE: Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow

I arrived at T3 checkin simply by walking across from the Premier Inn hotel which joins the terminal complex. Upon arrival I was met by the porters but I declined their assistance with my bags. I headed to the dedicated first class checkin zone and soon had my boarding pass and was on my way through security and into the terminal.

At the time of this flight and still at the time of writing there is no Etihad first class lounge at Abu Dhabi, instead it is the 'Premium' lounge in T3 which is shared with business class. There is however a small roped off area for first class passengers. The lounge is quite good with a salon and spa available. I partook of a shave in the salon whilst I waited for my flight and it was great!

Soon it was time to head to the gate and onto Airbu A380 A6-APB, delivered new to Etihad in April 2015, making it 6 months old at the time of this flight. I had pre-selected 4K which is a forward facing seat close to the windows. Each apartment is a little different in it's layout, so it is worth having a look at the seat map to decide your preference. My recommendation is 4A or 4K. As I stepped on board the upper deck entry I was immediately escorted to my suite and asked for my choice of drink.

Apartment 4K
Blankets, menu and pillow were placed in the suite prior to my arrival. Soon after being seated I was brought a silver tray with my champagne, wet towel, dates and welcome letter.