Etihad Airways Review 2022

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Etihad airways is the second-largest carrier in the united arab emirates, operating from its hub at abu dhabi international airport.

Although etihad has been cutting routes in the last 2 years, it serves many destinations across africa, the americas, asia, europe, the middle east, and the pacific.

Frequent Flyer Programs

Etihad Airways’ loyalty program, Etihad Guest, rewards guests with miles every time a passenger flies with Etihad or one of their partner airlines.

Miles can be redeemed against future flights, fare upgrades, holidays, charitable donations, and more.

Once members reach the tier status of Silver, Gold, or Platinum, they receive benefits such as priority check-in, increased baggage allowance, and discounted upgrades.

Ticketing Options

Etihad has 4 different fare types for economy tickets — 2 for business class, and 1 for first class and the residence.

These fare types offer different levels of flexibility and benefits, such as eligibility for refund and percentage earnings of etihad guest miles. All fare types include carry-on and checked baggage*. First class and the residence also come with chauffeur service.

Etihad Baggage and Other Fees/Add-Ons

Baggage Fees

Etihad uses a weight concept for the majority of its destinations, with an allocated weight allowance applied depending on the fare type.

Flights to/from the u.S. Work on a piece concept, where 2 pieces of luggage are permitted, and the weight is dependent on the cabin.

Etihad Carry-on Allowance

All passengers may bring 1 personal item, in addition to:

  • Economy passengers may bring 1 piece of carry-on that must not exceed 15 pounds (7 kg)
  • Business, first class, and the residence passengers may bring 2 pieces of carry-on with a combined weight of 25 pounds (12 kg)

Size Restrictions:

  • Personal item: 15.7 x 11.8 x 15.9 inches (40 x 30 x 15 cm)
  • Carry-on: 19.7 x 15.7 x 9.8 inches (50 x 40 x 25 cm)

Emirates Checked Luggage Allowance

  • Economy: 2 x 50 pound (23 kg) bags (excluding carry-on luggage only fares)
  • Business and first: 2 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags

Size Restriction (Piece Concept):

  • Maximum linear dimensions of each piece must not exceed 62 inches (158 cm) — 27.5 x 19.7 x 15 inches (70 x 50 x 38 cm)

Flights To/From Other Destinations Outside of the Americas (Weight Concept):

  • Economy: 50 pounds (23 kg)
  • Economy saver and classic: 66 pounds (30 kg)
  • Economy flex: 77 pounds (35 kg)
  • Business class: 88 pounds (40 kg)
  • First class: 110 pounds (50 kg)
  • The residence: 4 x 70 pound (32 kg) bags

Size Restriction (Weight Concept):

  • Maximum linear dimensions of each piece must not exceed 81.5 inches (207 cm) — 35.4 x 28.3 x 17.7 inches (90 x 72 x 45 cm)

Other Fees and Add-Ons

Change/Cancellation Fees (Cash Tickets)

Unfortunately, etihad is not transparent about its change and cancellation fees, and these depend on the fare type and journey. Passengers should check the terms and conditions at the time of booking.

In addition to the change or cancellation fee itself, etihad also charges a service fee if this is done through the contact center or a retail office ($20-$45).

Advance Seat Selection

Seat selection is free from check-in (24 hours before the flight,) but fees will be charged for seat selections made earlier than this.

As with its change and cancellation fees, etihad does not disclose fees for advanced seat selection, but after running a few searches, we found consistent fees of $30-$180.

Transporting a Pet:

Passengers are permitted to transport a falcon in the cabin or as checked luggage. Business and first class passengers can transport up to 2 falcons and an economy passenger, 1..

The fees to transport a falcon are:

  • To/from the u.S and canada: $360
  • Short-haul: $180
  • Medium haul: $250
  • Long haul: $320
  • Ultra-long haul: $390

Onboard Wi-Fi: All passengers can enjoy 90 mb of free wi-fi and can purchase additional packages:

  • Lite (50 mb): $5.95
  • Flex (140 mb): $15.95
  • Premium (300 mb): $29.95

Meals and Refreshments:Although meals are included, passengers have the option of purchasing alternative meals, snacks, and drinks.

  • Hot meals: $5-$7
  • Snacks: $3-$7
  • Drinks: $3-$5

How to Avoid Paying Excess Fees and Travel Expenses

There are several rewards cards where charges on your statement can be paid for by using your points/miles balance. We like capital one cards for this strategy as you can redeem your miles at 1 cent each for a statement credit against travel purchases made within the past 90 days. Here are the cards we recommend:

Etihad Lounges

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH):

  • Abu dhabi business class lounges in terminals 1 and 3b
  • Abu dhabi first class lounge and spa in terminal 3
  • Abu dhabi — u.S. Premium lounge
  • Abu dhabi arrivals lounge

Other Etihad Lounge locations:

  • John f. Kennedy international airport (jfk)
  • Los angeles international airport (lax)
  • Paris charles de gaulle airport (cdg)
  • Washington dulles international airport (iad)

Inflight Inclusions, Amenities, and Seat Specs

Economy Class

Amenities Include:

  • Complimentary meals and beverages, including alcohol; the number of meals received depends on the flight duration
  • In-seat screen with entertainment on wide-bodied aircraft; e-box stream available to stream entertainment to your personal device on narrow-bodied aircraft
  • Full-size blankets and fluffy pillows
  • Power charging points
  • Over 30 magazines in the e-library
  • 90 mb of free wi-fi; additional data available for a fee

Business Class

Amenities Include:

  • Chauffeur-driven mercedes-benz
  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • Access to the etihad airport lounge (where available)
  • Adjustable headrest, back support, and cushion firmness. Lie-flat beds on wide-bodied aircraft. Seat with
  • generous recline and legroom on narrow-bodied aircraft.
    In-seat screen and entertainment system with over 180 movies, 350 tv shows, and live sports
  • Dine anytime from an à la carte menu
  • A unique socializing area called “the lobby” is available on the upper deck of the a380
  • Acqua di parma amenity kit with an eye mask, socks, earplugs, and signature fragrance
  • Access to the arrivals lounge at abu dhabi international airport
  • 90 mb of free wi-fi; additional data available for a fee

First Class

Etihad has 2 fits for first class. Both offer a private suite, but the airline’s new first class apartments (found on the a380) include a separate armchair and bed. Adjoining apartments can also be opened to share the experience with a travel companion. The standard first class suites have a chair that converts into a lie-flat bed.

Amenities Include:

  • Chauffeur-driven mercedes-benz
  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • Access to the etihad airport lounge (where available), including abu dhabi international airport’s first class
  • lounge and spa
  • Noise-canceling headphones
  • In-seat screen and entertainment system with over 180 movies, 350 tv shows, and live sports
  • Access to apple music
  • Boutique wine list and pairing option with meals
  • Acqua di parma amenity kit with lip balm, body lotion, and cologne, in addition to the usual toothbrush, socks, and eye mask
  • Access to the arrivals lounge at abu dhabi international airport
  • 90 mb of free wi-fi; additional data available for a fee

Additional Amenities Unique to the A380 Include:

  • Onboard shower
  • A unique socializing area called “the lobby”

The Residence

Amenities Include:

  • Chauffeur-driven limousine
  • Priority check-in and boarding
  • Private airport lounge in abu dhabi international airport
  • Private 3 room apartment with separate double bed, ensuite shower room, and living area
  • Luxury sleepwear
  • Acqua di parma amenity kit with lip balm, body lotion, and cologne, in addition to the usual toothbrush, socks, and eye mask
  • Dedicated vip travel concierge
  • Chilled refreshments cabinet
  • On-demand dining and wine pairing
  • Large screen and entertainment system with over 180 movies, 350 tv shows, and live sports
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Access to the arrivals lounge at abu dhabi international airport

Seat Specs

Aetihad has a fairly young fleet of aircraft with just under 40 787 aircraft that are just a few years old.

In 2019, etihad controversially removed in-seat tv screens from its fleet of airbus a320s that operate short-haul flights, replacing them with a personal device holder.

Etihad Customer Satisfaction

Etihad was awarded 5-star airline status (skytrax) in 2016 but was downgraded to 4 stars in 2019.

Etihad has made some drastic cuts to its economy offering, like stripping short-haul aircraft of in-seat screens to save on fuel costs. The airline also started charging for premium drinks, tea, coffee, and snacks, which doesn’t exactly scream premium airline.

Customer loyalty to etihad is divided. The once widely-admired airline still has its long-term advocates; however, many repeat passengers are reporting a decline in service on social media. This is in line with customer reviews on airlinequality.Com, where etihad scores a mere 3/10.

Safety and Performance

Etihad has a 7/7 safety record as awarded by airlineratings.Com. This takes into account whether an airline has an iata operational safety audit certification, combined with information from the world’s aviation governing body, plus government and crash records.

Final Thoughts

Etihad has canceled a large order of aircraft from both boeing and airbus and has seen some hefty redundancies — a sure response to its dwindling profits of recent years. The airline’s struggles certainly weren’t helped by its investments in failing airlines, such as air berlin and jet airways, in an attempt to create feeder markets into its abu dhabi hub.

Despite turbulent times for the airline, there is no doubt that its premium cabins are among the best in the industry. The elegant and spacious first class apartment has a retractable wall perfect for sharing the experience with a travel companion, and the residence is a unique class of travel not obtainable with any other commercial airline.



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