- United 976 to Dubai
- Getting ready for the longest flight of my life Washington DC to Dubai on United
- Washington DC to Dubai on Emirates Airlines
Etihad Chaffeur: All Etihad Diamond First Class and Pearl Business Class .customers get a great door to door travel experience that starts with a chauffeur driven Executive Car Service from home to the airport Since I was traveling with my family I asked the limo company for a larger car and paid the difference. A very nice Cadillac Escalade arrived at our door to take us to the airport. The limo company calls you 24 hours in advance and sets up the pickup time. Since we like to reach the airport early we chose a 6 p.m pickup time for a 9.50 p.m flight.
Checkin: We were traveling on my daughter's birthday and the airport manager stopped by to wish her a very Happy Birthday. That was a great customer service moment and I am so glad that Etihad did so well. The airport check in counter saw that we had seats a bit apart and took the time to give us seats together.
Eithad offers an Instant Airport upgrade and I believe the rate varies and on this day it was $1350 to upgrade or you could use the miles if you have them.
Eithad Lounge Washington Dulles Airport.
The Etihad lounge is located close to A16 where our flight EY130 was departing that day. You can choose from an a la carte menu or use the buffet for a light snack or dinner. Service was superb and attentive, they always were watching to see if you needed anything else. Starting touch of hospitality is a welcome offer of dates. I would give the lounge a 5 star.
On board :Etihad EY 130 Washington Dulles to Abu Dhabi
Etihad Business Class:
We were so happy that the @EtihadAirways crew helped us celebrate a birthday at 35000 ft with this impromptu cake pic.twitter.com/BxkJABi92n
— Shashi Bellamkonda (@shashib) December 23, 2014
Abu Dhabi to Hyderabad
Be prepared for the long lines to form when the aircraft starts boarding due to the volume of passengers. Once on board you feel like you are in an excellent hotel with friendly crew and comfortable seats.