| No, not the lounge. This is the Check-in area of Etihad's luxurious First and Business Class area in AUH's Terminal 3.|
| Etihad First Class check-in desk in AUH Terminal 3.|
| Goodbye, Qasr Al Sarab. We'll miss you.|
Pearl Business Class
9 July 2012
Carrier: Etihad Airways
Flight Number: EY454 departing AUH @ 22:00
Class: Pearl Business Class
Configuration: A340-600 1-2-1
After several days enjoying the amazing scenery and restorative tranquillity at Anantara's Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort in the dunes of Liwa Oasis, home of the mysterious singing sands, it was time to fly back to Sydney. AUH's state of the art Terminal 3 has a separate entrance for First and Business Class passengers which leads to an interior space more resembling a lavish private club than an airport. The check-in area is almost immediately inside the door, and the security area reserved for Etihad's Pearl and Diamond travellers is just a few steps beyond that, making the whole check-in experience very efficient.
Lounge: As its home airport, AUH has the grandest of Etihad's airport lounges. The Pearl Business Class lounge offers a similarly fine dining experience enjoyed by travellers on board the aircraft as well as spa treatments by Six Senses and a family area for active children. There is also a quiet zone for transit passengers needing a rest between flights. From the busyness of the lounge, it is evident that Etihad is very successful in attracting affluent travellers on the move both for business and leisure.
On-time performance: Departure was delayed by 59 minutes due to airport congestion; the flight made up some time along the way, arriving only 35 minutes behind schedule.
Etihad's A340 has the same 1-2-1 layout as its A330, but the cabin fitout in this aircraft seems to give it an even more spacious ambience. The seat was very comfortable.
Food And Beverage:
Great pride is taken in Etihad's inflight cuisine, and this flight was exemplary of the innovation and quality usually found only on the ground in fine restaurants. The anything, anytime menu was great given the number of timezones crossed. Some people wanted breakfast, others dinner; in Pearl (and Diamond) Class, passengers have what they want, when they want.
The cabin crew, as always on Etihad, was very friendly and accommodating. This was a continuation of the warm welcome received at the Check-in desk.
Etihad's eBox system allows for picking and choosing films, television programs, and other forms of audio-visual entertainment as suits.
Pearl Business Class passengers benefit from fast-track Immigration procedures, and bags were delivered to the Baggage Claim area without delay. The convenient evening arrival time allowed passage through Customs unimpeded as there was no other flight arriving at the same time.
Another fine flight aboard Etihad. Having carried more than 40,000,000 passengers since its debut in 2003, Etihad continues to attract the interest of air travellers with its award-winning service. Why? Have a look at www.etihad.com/why to find out.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.L.B