About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the flag-carrier of Abu Dhabi, is a multi-award winning airline, that fully lives up to the UAE's reputation for luxury and lavish Arabian hospitality. With a fleet of 117 passenger aircraft, mostly wide-bodied, Etihad flies to over 120 destinations across all six continents, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. The airline has major expansion plans, with over 200 more planes on order through to 2020.
From its base at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways began operations in November 2003, having been established by royal decree of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi earlier that year. The name Etihad translates as "united" or "together", symbolising the union of the United Arab Emirates. Etihad is the third largest airline in the Middle East, and the second largest in the UAE, after Dubai-based Emirates.
Diamond First Class
Etihad's first-class product was voted as the world's leading first class at the 2011 Skytrax Awards, and sets new standards in opulence and luxury. As a Diamond First Class passenger on a Boeing 787 you have the privilege of your own private suite on the aircraft, with sliding doors to shut out the rest of the world, while the Airbus A380 features the First Apartment. The First Suites, in a 1-2-1 configuration along a unique curved aisle, each feature a wide armchair, an ottoman which opens out into an 81-inch-long bed, a personal wardrobe, and a cabinet for chilled drinks -- and there is still room to walk around.
The suite is equipped with an adjustable 24-inch flat-screen TV, which can be viewed either from the chair, or while relaxing on the bed, and the entertainment system features 750 hours of music, films, shows and interactive games. For dining, the on-board chef takes orders from the à la carte menu, which includes the airline's signature grill. The chef will even prepare a special dish to order, using the freshest ingredients -- and all accompanied by the finest quality wines.
Pearl Business Class
Etihad aim to provide a business-class service that equates to a first-class service on other airlines. Pearl business class seats are arranged in an innovative 1-2-1 configuration, in which all seats face forward, and have direct aisle access even when reclined. The beds are 81 inches in length when flat out, and extra comfort is provided by the special COCOMAT mattresses. The mood lighting ensures a relaxed atmosphere throughout the flight, and there is an in-seat massage function that can be controlled at the touch of a button.
In addition to the in-flight comforts, Pearl business class passengers also enjoy a chauffeured door-to-door service, provided by a fleet of Volvo S80 and Mercedes E Class executive cars. At London Heathrow, the Etihad chauffeur is available between the customer's home, office or hotel and the airport, within a radius of 100 miles. There are fast track facilities provided for business class passengers at Heathrow Terminal 4.
Etihad's Coral economy class offers an ergonomically designed seat with adjustable lumbar support and a fixed-wing headrest. Each seat has a 10.4-inch personal screen offering over 600 hours of on-demand entertainment. In-flight menus include a four-course meal, plus a café service in between times.