I recently had my first chance to fly one of the most luxurious first class products in the world: Etihad First Apartments. I paid 80,000 American Airlines miles plus $51.40 in taxes and fees to fly from the Seychelles to London, with a very short layover in Abu Dhabi. The flight from the Seychelles to Abu Dhabi was an unremarkable four hour business-class flight. The 8 hour flight from Abu Dhabi to London in Etihad’s First Class on board their A380 aircraft, though, was remarkable. It was awesome.
Not only was the first class suite amazing, but the cabin crew was phenomenal. Four crew members separately came to introduce themselves and to help plan my time on board. It was an overnight flight, so I wanted to sleep, but I also wanted to get the most out of my time on board. We worked out a plan that included a small meal before sleep, then a cold meal at breakfast so that I could sleep a bit longer (a hot meal would require more time), then an on-board shower. This had to be the best flight of my life, edging out even Singapore Suites.
For the rest of this post, I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
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