As an adult, I have rarely enjoyed flying. That said, as a child, I loved it. And why wouldn’t I? I was nestled in a fluffy, gilded first class cocoon by my doting parents; probably since I was not only the youngest, but the favourite.
But flying short distances around Europe frequently for business as a grown up does not usually require a step up to first class. So when a long haul opportunity recently arose to do meetings in the UAE, I saw an opportunity.
Etihad Airways First Class Here I Come
My opportunity, simply, was to book a first class Etihad Airways apartment.
The minute I boarded the plane I was already in traveller heaven. With only a handful of apartment seats, the apartment configuration manages to be both intimate and spacious. A private door can be shut to keep you snug in your own world.
An Apartment in the Sky
There is a big comfy seat, TV screen, a mirror, dresser and a chaise lounge chair which a cabin butler turns into a Poltrona Frau bed made up with crisp white cotton sheets and pillows.
Cuisine Prepared by a Private On-Board Chef
The à la carte menu, with a variety of starters, mains, desserts, light bites and a wine list for breakfast/lunch and dinner can be served to you by your private chef (who greets you personally), whenever you damn please.
First Class in Every Sense of the Word
Oh, by the way, it’s excellent; fine dining five star quality in all respects.
Frankly, the level of service is amazing given that a personal member of staff is there to look after you throughout the entire journey. I paid my way on this trip and I wish I could find a fault somewhere (for the sake of at least the perception of a balanced article), but I can’t. Etihad wins.
The amenities are lovely and provided within your vanity mirror and there is an actual shower on board just in case you want to properly freshen up before you land.
Without a doubt, with quick access to the First-Class lounge and a black track suit offered to boot, Etihad’s first-class apartments are probably the chicest commercial way to travel. ML