So after months of trying to get on an A380, I finally managed to nail one down for my flight over to Abu Dhabi .
Here’s my In flight review….
Prior to my flight I’d pored over the seat map, with all the premium seats upstairs and the whole lower deck all economy, there was definitely a touch of them and us. The stairway to heaven was firmly roped off during the flight, lest one of us commoners should manage to stumble our way upstairs for a peek.
This way to plane heaven …..
I hit the jackpot when I managed to bag seat 76k , it’s a window seat in the rear section of the plane, where the seat in front has been removed on both sides so A or K is a winner. The rear section only has 9 rows so it felt far less crowded than the front cabins, plus you got served food & drink faster so I would definately pick the back section again.
The rear cabin
Magic seat 76k , legroom for days ….
So once I got settled in my seat , it was time to check out the in seat entertainment ….
The inflight entertainment has piles of channels than I could hope to get thru in a 7 hour flight , there was plenty of choice from the usual latest blockbusters to a good choice of classic favourites. Plus due to the USB seat power you can keep your own devices fully charged throughout the flight. The noise cancelling headphone are pretty nifty too, complete with a nick proof adapter , I mean where is the trust these days ?.
Kleptomaniac proof headphones
I also found the onboard camera fascinating, and got a bird eye view of one of the best takeoff’s, I’ve had like ever , I found the A380 unbelievably quiet and smooth on both take off and landing .
Take off A380 style
Food wise I was kept well fed & watered, I ordered a low calorie meal and it was delivered promptly to my seat at the start of the meal service , consisting of steamed cod and bizarrely mushy peas, but it was tasty and hit the spot and drinks and snacks were availible on demand unlike some other cost cutting airlines who think you can sit on a flight for 10 hours with only 2 drinks services, no such problems here.
So in review, my first A380 experience was pretty amazing , it was great to watch the plane in flight on the cameras and service was prompt and efficient what more can you ask ?. As a regular visitor to the Middle East, would definitely reccommend giving Etihad a try.
for more info on getting on board check out http://www.etihad.com