FLIGHT EY004
CLASS OF SERVICE Economy
SEAT NUMBER 27H
AIRCRAFT Airbus A330-300
TAKEOFF 16-11-23 9:45 p.m.
VIEWS 811
LANDING AT 7 a.m.
Rob777ER
The 28th December 2016

Photo review of Etihad Airways flight from Munich to Abu Dhabi in Economy

Since it was more than a year ago since my last flight, I was looking for something special.

As a huge Formula 1 fan, what could have been better than visiting the last Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi where the F1 Title 2016 was on the line.

So welcome and lets start with the 1st part.

Overview
EY004 MUC -> AUH You are here!
EY003 AUH -> MUC 2nd Part Abu Dhabi Trip


EY004
Well, lets start with the aircraft for the scheduled flight from MUC to AUH.

Type: Airbus A330-300
Reg.: A6-AFA
First Flight: 2009-12-02 (just a little under 7 years old)
Paint scheme: "Visit Abu Dhabi 2016" - I think everyone on this side knows that paint scheme :)

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Flight Times
- Scheduled Departure: 09:45pm MUC Time
- Actual Departure: 09:43 pm MUC Time
- Scheduled Arrival: 07:00am AUH Time
- Actual Arrival: 06:43am AUH Time


Pre Flight @ MUC
Pictures taken before the flight.

EY004 Flight Ticket
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A6-AFA at the gate in MUC Terminal 1
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Emirates A380 during taxiing before flying home as EK52
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LH was on strike during that week, so they had time to check their aircrafts - pretend to work, right?
Luckily I chose EY over LH
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Flight
Pictures taken during the flight.

In flight magazines
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Seat pitch - which was very very good!
Overall the seat was very comfortable.
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When we reached cruising altitude the cabin crew personal begun with dinner service

EY004 Menu
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I took "Lamb mansaf" which was very good - first time lamb by my own choice
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The flight was very unspectacular.
There were some bumps over Turkey and entering Iran, but overall very very smooth and nothing to mention.
I killed the time with reading and listening to music.

About 1.5h before landing a light snack was served - a muffin.
Look, someone woke up and tried to steal my muffin :p
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After the snack, we started to descend for landing @ AUH

And there it is. Yas Marina Circuit - the main reason for the trip.
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Post Flight @ AUH
Pictures taken after landing.

We landed a few minutes before scheduled arrival and taxied to a remote stand.
The best traffic on earth - airplanes wherever you look
Lots of work is going on @ AUH - unbelievable
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It took some time to get out of the A330. So I watched the sun to rise up.
Good morning and welcome to Abu Dhabi!
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2016 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Last but not least, here are a few pictures from the weekend @ the Yas Marina Circuit.

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Al Fursan Aerobatic Show
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Look out A380 crossing :)
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Finally after 2h of racing - Nico Rosberg was World Champion
Everything went perfect!
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And it continued like that.
For the return flight an Airbus A340-600 was scheduled and I got one. More on that in the 2nd part.
That was going to be my first ever A340-600 flight. I was on an A340-500 a few years back, when I flew with Emirates via DXB to SEZ (Seychelles International Airport).


Verdict

Etihad Airways 

Cabin 9.0
Cabin crew 8.0
Entertainment 8.5
meal/catering 8.5
TOTAL 8.5/10

Munich - MUC 

Efficiency 8.0
Access 8.0
Services 8.0
Cleanliness 8.0
TOTAL 8.0/10

Abu Dhabi - AUH 

Efficiency 8.0
Access 8.0
Services 8.0
Cleanliness 8.0
TOTAL 8.0/10

Conclusion

Well what should I say?
It was my first time with Etihad and I read a lot of reports here. EY fulfilled my expectations.
The service was very good, the food was great and I don't know, I have nothing to criticize about.

The only thing that was disappointing was the immigration @ AUH.
It took almost 1h! Yes, there were a lot of people but when I compare it with DXB - that is a huge difference.

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