NEWS: Etihad new business class suite first look and more Air France Gourmet menus

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Etihad new business class – first look

Today at the Dubai air show Etihad unveiled its new business class seats. It already had a pretty good business class product on their A380s with the Business Studio, but their older aircraft are not as good although they still at least have all aisle access.

Etihad A380 Business class studio review Heathrow to Abu Dhabi

Etihad A380 Business class studio

Today they revealed the seats they will be using on their new A350-1000 aircraft which have been in storage. Given that Etihad has been doing some great deals recently, let’s hope they put some on the UK flights when they start flying them in 2022!

These are not exactly particularly innovative and look very similar to the BA Club Suites which is because they are both based on the Collins’ Super Diamond seat with a door. However, as long as it’s comfortable, private and has a decent entertainment screen then I am a happy flyer. It looks like these seats should satisfy all the basics. Hopefully, we should get some better official pictures tomorrow.

 

 

More Air France Gourmet menus

Risotto verde

From November 2021 to February 2022, Air France is teaming up with talented French Michelin-starred chefs Régis Marcon and Mathieu Viannay to design its La Première and Business long-haul menus. With vegetarian dishes, meat, poultry and fish, the chefs have created special dishes for Paris departures.

 

La Première

In the airline’s First class La Première cabin, three Michelin-starred chef Régis Marcon has come up with six new dishes. He also used the expertise of the Servair Culinary Studio, of which he is president, to incorporate the seasonal products that are close to his heart:

Here are the dishes:

  • Vegetable lasagna, with tangy chive cream;
  • Braised veal shank, sage sauce, potato gratin with porcini mushrooms;
  • Beef tenderloin in red wine, sautéed potato and morel cake;
  • Pike and shrimp cake with lobster sauce,  sautéed girolle mushrooms with tarragon, spinach;
  • Mixed scallops and scampi with truffles, reduced jus and julienne vegetables;
  • Confit pigeon, apricot sauce, lemon bulgur, mushrooms and butternut.

I’d be torn between the braised veal as, the scallops or the pike and shrimp “cake”!. I suspect that it is somewhat lost in translation! 

 

Business class cabin

Roasted guinea fowl in coffee, celery confit and stewed autumn vegetables.

In the Business cabin, Air France has, for the first time, entrusted its menu to two Michelin-starred chef Mathieu Viannay, with 8 original dishes :

  • Penne pasta, arugula and spinach gratin, ricotta cream with lovage;
  • Risotto verde, vegetable Bolognese;
  • Beef tenderloin, macaire potato patties, roasted beet and smoked meat juices;
  • Poultry fillet with morel mushrooms, spelt and butternut squash risotto;
  • Poached cod fillet with baby vegetables and taggiasca olives;
  • Pike perch fillet, armorican sauce, yellow carrots and herb semolina;
  • Braised veal shank with sweet spices, split pea puree, mange tout and hazelnuts;
  • Roasted guinea fowl in coffee, celery confit and stewed autumn vegetables.

Again the dishes all sound interesting, way beyond the normal level of what you’d get in most business class (no “chicken or beef” here!). The vegetarian option actually sounds better than the first-class option!

Poached cod fillet with baby vegetables and taggiasca olives;

I’ve yet to fly long haul on Air France although I have flown on the B787 so I need to get round to it soon since my last trip was cancelled (twice!)

3 Comments on "NEWS: Etihad new business class suite first look and more Air France Gourmet menus"

  1. I’m flying AF Business from MIA to CDG early December (777-300ER), happy to do a review.

  2. Great info Michele, I’m looking forward to seeing what Etihad come up with for the A350 and hopefully it will be brought to London soon.

    When I travel LHR-SIN I often manage to make sure the only option is Air France La Première even in preference to SQ Suites. The service is unmatched and the food beyond that served anywhere else IMO. It’s often reasonably priced to – showing a saving over SQ C which of course makes it look a bargain.

    The ground service at CDG also outstrips the best including the LH F terminal at FRA and Jetquay access on return makes it all the better, if you can improve on the Changi experience, AF have.

    I think La Première with Air France could still be described as chic – not a term I would use for any other airline.

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