We took the red-eye flight out of Abu Dhabi to London. This departs Abu Dhabi around 2 in the morning and gets to London around 7am. With all the time difference, the flight time is about 7 hours.The aircraft we used was a Boeing 777-300 ER (with First Class Cabin).
This is the newer business class product, compared to the New York-Abu Dhabi aircraft. The only marked difference I can see, apart from the colour scheme, is that the newer product had more compartments for water bottle, magazine, chargers, etc.
The business class seating on this aircraft is 1-2-1. I was on the “2” part of it, and you can see on the left side of the photograph, there is a divider between the 2 seats. This is lowered normally when honeymooners occupy the 2 seats. However if the person next to you is a stranger (as was the case on my flight), it is left upright. I can still see what the lady was watching on her screen, but I cannot see her face.
Because I was pampered in the Business class lounge back in Abu Dhabi, I didn’t really feel the need to sleep despite this being a red-eye flight.
What does one do then? EAT!
Hello Grilled Steak Sandwich! (And potato chips and Moroccan Mint Tea again). I could get used to this!!
Service was really impressive, the cabin crew were attentive but not intrusive and very polite too.
Well pretty soon we got ready for landing. And as we arrived into London around 6-ish to 7 AM, I turned on the plane webcam feature and saw this:
We were given an Etihad Fasttrack card. 6-10ish AM is the peak time for arrivals in Heathrow. This card allows you to go through Immigration quicker. But we were also escorted by an Etihad representative in London , so we were “Super-fast” Tracked out of Heathrow.
Very pleasant and quick flight, I would highly suggest taking this if you need to attend to business in London during the day. Just don’t stay up the whole time like me. You Will sleep like a baby in the Etihad Pearl Business class zone on this red-eye.
This trip was sponsored by Etihad Airways Opinions of the product/service are entirely mine.