Today was my first time flying Etihad Airlines, the UAE’s official carrier & one of its two big airlines (the other being Dubai-based Emirates, who I have flown a lot with in the past).
I’d heard good things about Etihad Airways & thus had been looking forward to the flight for the few hours between booking it and boarding. That said I wasn’t too impressed with them. I’m easily placated so there really wasn’t anything serious to complain about on my first Etihad Airways flight, apart from the 1 hour delay & the general lackluster service, but there was nothing to write home about either, apart from getting on Wi-Fi for the first time ever at 34000 ft, a little USD$5 experiment that I’d estimate granted me about 70 seconds of internet access, Just enough time to pull in a few emails, send a few iMessages, & send the following tweet (there was a just-bill-me-what-I-use option & I can only imagine how dangerous that could be).
Tweeting from 34000ft over #SaudiArabia en route to #morocco. Love technology! #travel #dmbtravel #windowseat #ttot pic.twitter.com/9WTAVoks8S
— davidMbyrne.com (@ByrneDavidM) April 27, 2014
Maybe I’m being too critical considering I spent nearly 10 hours in the care of Etihad today on two different journeys (Muscat, Oman, to Abu Dhabi, UAE & Abu Dhabi to Casablanca, Morocco) flying through three time zones & over the whole of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa all for the grand total of €260. A good deal no doubt. But still, and based solely on today’s travels, Etihad Airways are no Emirates. It’s not even close.