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My experience with Etihad Airways: Flying through the world’s 5-Star Airline

Amb. Saeed ZAKI, Ms. Coppell and Etihad Staff

I really enjoyed the flying experience provided to me by Etihad Airways all the way to Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the first Olympics ever to be held in Latin America in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. I mean, really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to go back.

There’s plenty of debate about what the best airport lounge is in the world.  That’s a pretty nuanced question. Different people like different things.  While some might rank the Etihad Premium lounge in Abu Dhabi at the top of the list, I imagine most everyone would place it in the top 10. My journey started there, I was a bit surprised at the number of people in the Etihad Premium Lounge.  It wasn’t crowded, but there were more people than I would have expected.

Etihad Premium Lounge, Abd Dhabi
Etihad Premium Lounge, Abd Dhabi

I spent some time walking around the lounge and found a comfortable chair to recline in and watch some TV shows.  Charming staff, hospitality, amazing food, and drinks was just perfect. Turns out, I was perfectly happy hanging out in the chair letting some time go by, and then we went on board.

Prior to departure, I was honored to meet with Ms. Linden Coppell, discussing summer sports and the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio.

Amb. Saeed ZAKI, and Ms. Coppell

Amb. Saeed and Ms. Coppell

Etihad Airways aspires to restaurant-quality cuisine in their flights. Combining enhanced hard product and exclusivity, catering is where flights can be made or broken, and is a key differentiating product. An hour into the flight, the multi-course lunch service began with a crisp white linen spread out over the expansive table. This would be a harbinger of the gourmet gorging that was about to commence. 

Since it is a long flight, I have a very nice chat with the cabin crew. So, was the flight fabulous? Ranking in order the upgrade in privacy, hard product, service attention, and catering; I think you know my answer to that question: Absolutely yes! 

On board with Etihad Airways flight attendants

Through their true slogan “Flying Reimagined” Etihad Airways receives a range of awards that reflect their position as one of the world’s leading premium airline brands, including ‘World’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards for five consecutive years. 

My experience with Etihad Airways: Flying through the world’s 5-Star Airline My experience with Etihad Airways: Flying through the world’s 5-Star Airline Reviewed by The Private Office on May 02, 2017 Rating: 5

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