Etihad Airways Review
Etihad Airways Review for Airline Passengers
A Brief History of Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways was well-known as United Arab Emirates’ flag carrier which means Union or Unity. It was established as such by the Royal Decree which was issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Juky 2003. He is United Arab Emirates’s president and the emir of Abu Dhabi. The capital firstly started at AED 500 million. It was with a formal flight to Al Ain on November 5 2003 when the services were launched. And on November 12, 2003 Etihad inaugurated the commercial operations with the launch of services to Beirut which has gone to becoming the best ever growing airline in the history of commercial aviation.
The airline was able to make an 8 billion US dollar worth of aircraft for five Boeing 777-300ERs and 24 Air Bus aircraft that includes four A380-800s. It was declared that the aircraft was the largest order in the history of commercial aviation at the Farnborough Airshow in the year 2008 for up to 205 numbers of aircrafts, 1-00 firm orders, 50 purchase rights and 50 options.
For every week, the airline operates 1,300 flights and more to over 87 destinations in more than 50 countries. It travels with a fleet of 66 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, anyways. Etihad was able to bear 7.1 million passengers in the year 2010 which was a 13.1 percent raise from 2009. On the other hand, the airline was still not that lucrative despite the recorded income of nearly 3000 million of US dollars in year 2010.
Aside from its nucleus activity of passenger transportation, Etihad Holidays and Etihad Crystal Cargo are also operated by Etihad. Its head office is found in Khalifa City A, Abu Dhabi and the airline is based in Abu Dhabi International Airport.
On January 2012, the airline was operating cargo and passenger services to 82 destinations around the globe from its home base in Abu Dhabi. And on June 5, 2012, it has bought Virgin Australia’s four percent.
Awards and Recognitions of Etihad Airways
At this juncture, we will be talking about its awards and recognitions. In the year 2003, Etihad Airways have received more than 30 awards since the inaugural ceremony. It won the best Business Class in the world last 2009 from World Travel Awards. In the year 2009, it Etihad Airways received and won the award for the World’s Leading Airline at London where the World Travel Awards is.
It was in the year 2010 when Etihad Airways won Skytrax’s World’s Best First Class award at Hamburg. Etihad Airways also received a reward for the “Best First Class Catering” and “Best First Class Seat”. On that same year, Etihad Airways was awarded with the title “World’s Leading Airline” for two times in a row at London. Etihad has become really successful. And it has even made a great year for the airline as it won six of the titles in World Travel Awards during the ceremony in the Middle East on May. Included in that award is the coveted title of Etihad Airways as the Region’s Leading Airline. What more can you ask for?
Etihad Airways Review: Cabins of Etihad Airways
Etihad First Class (Diamond Zone)
The Diamond Zone is known for being the Etihad first class luxury. In was in the year 2009 of August when Etihad launched it as their new First Class Suite that features the luxury of a 23-inch personal entertainment screen, private mini bar, private wardrobe with mirror, Poltrona Frau leather seat which can be renewed to a bed that is fully flat, an Arabic door that is styled with a slide that would offer absolute seclusion, four individual lighting options with dimmers, in-seat power points and USB and a large wood-finished table. Cabins of the Etihad First Class also takes in a cosy and roomy changing room with a leather fold down seat and an illuminated mirror that is of full length.
All the Diamond First Class passengers on Etihad will have access to an on board chef and food service called the Mezoon Grille starting on March 2012. In such way, the chef will be able to give assistance to the passengers on how to make changes to the dish on the menu to go well with their personal taste. Passengers can also ask for something that is not found on the menu, in any cases. Read Etihad First Class review for more information.
Etihad Pearl Zone (Bussiness Class)
The Pearl Zone of Etihad is known for being the business or the Pearl Business Class. Longer and wider business class seats are now being introduced with all the nonstop aisle access in 1-2-1 configuration. Larger meal and cocktail tables, comfortable leather headrests, supports and ottomans that are upholstered by Poltrona Frau, more in-seat storage space and a state-of-the-art Panasonic eX2 in-flight entertainment system with a 15.4 inch personal screen are built in the said seats. Read Etihad Business Class review for more information.
Etihad Coral Zone (Economy Class)
The Coral Economy Class on the other hand is what an Etihad Coral Zone is. A new service style in economy class has already been rolled out by Etihad anyways that developed its economy services. First off is an additional room of the Inspired Service philosophy that was already embedded in the First and Business Class cabins. Greater level of personal attention that touches greater variety and flexibility is delivered by the new service of Business class. And the hot desserts on selected flights, an offering unique to Etihad and a hot and cold cafe service with wide assortment of hot beverages from cappuccino to green tea is also included in the Inspired Service of the Economy Class.
A new interior design was provided in this new Economy cabin where the seats are designed for comfort with a pitch that is in 32 inch, a deep recline and a footrest. Every seat is made with a handheld controller, power sockets and USB part that are under that personal entertainment screen in 10.4 inch. Provided there is a large pillow and small touches on the seat like cup holders and coat hooks that makes the space more concealed. Read Etihad Coral Zone review for more information.
Etihad Airways Review: In-flight Entertainment on Etihad Aircraft
In flight entertainment by the way makes use of the Panasonic eX2 and the Thales TopSeries i5000 with an audio-video system on its new long-range aircraft. On some of its new A320-200 aircraft, the same entertainment is being utilized which is branded as the E-box. For the International destinations, it has a plug and play system that works on USB. It also allows the passengers to have fun with their own picture media, audio and video. Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A330s all have the telephone service on the in-flight.
As part of the in-flight entertainment system, a new ten-year agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation was signed for the provision of in-flight entertainment that will include a live TV and broadband internet.
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