Home -> Trip Report -> Abu Dhabi to Male with Etihad in Business Class

Route : AUH-MLE

Airline: Etihad (EY)

Cabin Class: Business

Equipment : Airbus A320-200

Flight Number: EY 278

Seat Number: 3A

 

Date: September 26, 2013

Departure time in Abu Dhabi (AUH): 9:35

Arrival time in Male (MLE): 14:55

*This is an award travel, Business Class flight #33

 

Text and Photography by Arthur Jeciel

Introduction

October 12, 2013 After a short transit in Abu Dhabi International Airport, it was time once again to fly with Etihad and this time, we were headed to Male, our final destination. The flight was four and a half hours long and it actually turned out to be very exciting specially during the approach where we saw the beautiful atolls of the Maldives.

Lounge

For details and more pictures of the Etihad Business Class Lounge, please click here.

Aircraft

The aircraft which was on a remote stand was an Airbus 320-200.

Cabin

The business class cabin has 16 seats half of which were occupied that day.

Welcome to Etihad Airways

Our predeparture drinks: a glass of water and lemon mint.

And of course, some hot towels to freshen up although it wasn't that necessary since I had just taken a shower in the lounge earlier.

Meal

The menu card for the Abu Dhabi-Male flight.

About ten minutes after the seat belt sign was turned off, Vera, the lovely lady from Indonesia came to our seats and took time to chat with us. She asked if we had been to the Maldives before and how long we would have our vacation. Lastly, she reminded us to take pictures of the atolls during our approach as we would have a great view from the window. After a few minutes, her colleague from Malaysia came and served our after departure snacks, a glass of apple and some mixed nuts.

The starter and country style bread (Middle Eastern style zaatar bread, house butter and pesto oil) was served on a tray together with the cutleries and drinks.

Starter

Balik Salmon tartar and cucumber cannelloni

with mesclun salad and light wasabi cream

The other choice was the Traditional Arabic mezze, a selection of Middle Eastern hot and cold appetiser.

Main

Nile Perch in coconut curry sauce

with steamed rice and sautéed vegetables

I won't deny that I love fish so for my main course, the choice came easy. And yes, it was really good specially the sauce. The other two choices were:

 

Grilled chicken with tagine sauce served with vegetable couscous and roasted onions

Vegetable lasagne served with tomato-herb sauce and mixed salad

Dessert

Seasonal fresh fruit with grapecoulis

The other two choices were:

 

Raspberry crunch cake with mixed berry sauce

A selection of ice cream flavours

There was also a cheeseplate but I decided to skip. Mike on the other hand had his usual cup of coffee.

Seat

The first row on the right side of the Pearl Business Class cabin.

The seat control has several modes. Take note of the save and recall function.

The seat also has the basic reading lamps located on the right hand side.

Having a spacious legroom is always appreciated.

Entertainment

The headphones and the entertainment control were pretty basic. Again, the control is not that user friendly, in my opinion.

The entertainment screen although small is of good quality.

Toilet and Lavatory

The toilet and lavatory had some Korres hand cream and face mist as well as a hand sanitizer. Pretty hygienic, I would say.

Approach to Male

As Vera had promised, we had a great view of the atolls of the Maldives. Lovely!

This resort was actually located near the mainland although I didn't get the chance to know it's name.

Conclusion

 

After our flight from London to Abu Dhabi, I knew more or less what to expect on this flight. I was really impressed as to how the cabin staff took care of us and engaged into conversations. The food was really good and I was also able to have a good rest even for just a short flight. If I were to come back again to Male, I wouldn't hesitate flying with Etihad again. Till next time!

 

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