Etihad has announced a sale on economy and business class fares to a range of destinations from the UK. To qualify for the fares you must book by 31 January 2016. Business Class fares are valid for travel until 30 November 2017.
The fares are nowhere near the prices we have seen in the Qatar sale but they are some reasonable value routes out of London. Although you can’t earn Avios and BA tier points on Etihad like you can on Qatar, Etihad has one of the best business class seats in the world. I would say it is akin to BA First.
Etihad also have their own frequent flier scheme, Etihad Guest. It would be worth joining if you were flying business class with them. particularly if you are travelling with other family members. Etihad Guest have family accounts similar to the BA household account where you could pool your miles. They also do a range of other options such as part pay miles & cash, cash in points for money and shopping vouchers. You could also credit to Air Berlin who are part owned by Etihad which would give you status in One World and therefore BA depending on how far you had travelled.
The new Business Class Studio
The new Business Studios are available only on the A380 and 787 Dreamliners currently. The London to Abu Dhabi route currently has the A380. The rest of Etihad’s fleet offer their older business class which still has fully flat beds.
The Business Class Studio features a 22-inch wide seat converts into a fully-flat bed of up to 6 feet and 8 inches. each seat has direct aisle access.
All business class seats provide:
- mood lighting providing a relaxed ambience throughout the flight
- in-seat massage function and personal lighting, controlled at the touch of a button
- a turn-down service including a mattress, luxury loungewear and slippers on ultra long-haul flights
- noise-cancelling headsets.
- range of connection ports and mobile or Wi-Fi connectivity on board for selected flights.
- 18.5-inch touch-screen TV (Business Studio)
- 15.4-inch touch-screen TV (Business Flatbed)
If you are reading via email you can view the Business Class Studio video here
Etihad feature Food & Beverage Managers as well as “Dine Anytime” meaning you choose when you want to eat. The Food & Beverage Manager will guide you through the menu options and recommend the perfect accompaniment for your meal, whether it is a mocktail or a glass of Champagne from the wine list.
The A380 also features the impressive Lobby lounge which is shared between First and Business class and was inspired by boutique hotels. The Lobby seats up to six guests and is fitted with seatbelts, power supply and connectivity ports.
My pick of the best sale fares for business class
- Abu Dhabi/Dubai £1775
- Bangkok £1709
- Colombo £1993
- Hanoi/Ho Chin Minh City £1774
- Muscat £1815
- Melbourne £2799
- Brisbane £2799
- Nairobi £1895
- Phuket £1778
You can find the Etihad sale page here.