This is my first time doing a travel blog. And I apologise for any error that you will find in this trip report. I will do my best to share with you my travel experiences. I hope you'll enjoy!
INTRODUCTION This trip was 2 years back and I was flying RUH-AUH-MNL. There are a lot of airlines flying this route offering direct or connecting flight. Here are some of the options I had to choose from:
Direct flights - Saudi Arabian Airlines (the only one offering direct flights that time) Philippine Airlines resumed their direct flights to Riyadh April 2014. Cebu Pacific Air started service October 2014. Making that 3 airlines offering direct flights between RUH and MNL
One-stop connection - Cathay Pacifc, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines ended their flight Oct 2014. Oman Air now offers flight to Manila via MCT, it started Dec 2014
I chose Etihad because: 1. A very competitive fare 2. A good flight and connection time. (After arriving in MNL, I had to catch a 4am flight to another destination with another airline. EY offered the most convenient connection) 3. I wanted to try a new airline. YES, this was my first time flying Etihad
And *TAAA-DAAAA* we have my first trip report. Please do enjoy reading!
————————————————————————————————————————————— Contents of the Trip Report includes:
1. EY316 from RUH and Transit in Abu Dhabi 2. Boarding and Pre-flight 3. Take-off and in-flight 4. Meal service 5. Cruise and E-box entertainment system 6. Descent and landing
It was just a very short flight. Nothing much happened
I got to fly with Etihad's A320 in F1 livery (A6-EIB)
Very decent legroom for an A320
IFE. It was a short flight and they only played Just for Laughs.
Breakfast. Strawberry Yoghurt, Muffin, Juice, and a choice of coffee or tea
Ferrari World can be seen upon landing into Abu Dhabi
Welcome to Abu Dhabi! The home of Etihad Airways.
Our aircraft next to another A320.
First time in AUH? Just follow the signs!!
View of the departure lounge from the arrival corridor.
Transfer and Security area. Sorry for the blurry shot
Transfer and security screening was smooth! It only took less than 8 minutes.
I still got 3 hours before my next flight so I wandered around the terminal.
Right after the security screening area is the duty free area which looked like a mall.
Food court on the upper level. I can't help but admire those ceilings!
To the departure lounge
Internet kiosk are available at the departure lounge. Sadly, it has a very slow internet connection. Connecting to the Free Wifi of the airport is more convenient and reliable.
Gate 29 will be used for the flight
2. Boarding and Pre-flight
Boarding commenced at 9:35am. It was a bit chaotic as some are pushing and cutting their way through the line. But, kudos to the Etihad ground staff at the gate as they still managed to have an efficient boarding.
Gotta love that legroom! Note that I have a bulky bag underneath my seat but I still managed to stretch my legs and be comfortable the whole flight!
Power and USB plug is available
We waited for some 15 or so connecting passengers, then the ground staff conducted a pre-flight check to make sure everyone was onboard. It took quite a lot of time.
3. Take-off and in-flight
10:30am. Finally the doors are closed and we are good to go!
We took off at 11:00am. 50 minutes delayed.
Now that is my type of wing. SEXY.
Lovely aerial views of Dubai!
4. Meal service
To start. A pack of biscuits and a soda
Main meal options: 1. Fried fish dory in Sweet corn sauce and fried rice 2. Beef kofta and mashed potato 3. Vegetarian pasta and cheese
Meal includes A chicken and noodle salad, mini-muffin with pineapple mousse, warm bun, condiments, and water.
I chose the fish option. It was good!
Metal cutlery!!! Not very common on some other airline
5. Cruise and E-box entertainment
Most passengers decided to sleep after the meal service. Note the screen that are off.
E-box. Etihad Airways' entertainement system.
Content was very good. Latest movies, foreign films, TV shows, music, and games. It is user-friendly and very easy to control.
Headphones. Looks like a business class headphone.
You can plug your own device.
Yes, I want to continue!
6. Descent and Landing
1 hour and 30min to go before landing in Manila, a light snack was served.
A choice of Hot noodles or Chicken sandwich
I wasn't expecting a cup noodles, though. A cup of hot chocolate to go with my noodles.
Mood lighting. Changes color in a pattern that goes from Red-Green-Blue-Purple The cabin crew started distributing arrival forms for Manila before preparing the cabin for landing.
We landed at MNL's runway 24.
Despite the 50 minute delayed departure from Abu Dhabi, we landed in Manila 25 minutes ahead of schedule!
After the seatbelt signs were turned off, passengers rushed to get out of the plane. Bags were literally flying everywhere! I pre-selected the seats at the back so I wasn;t in quite a rush to get out.
The grey circles are meant for privacy purposes. :)
Why the rush to get out? THIS.
Long lines in immigration. We arrived on a peak arrival hour. With multiple flights utilizing wide-body jets arriving all at the same time. During these hour, it's normal to wait in line for hours. But it took me only 35 minutes to clear immigration. And by the time I got to the baggage claim hall, my bag was already out. Not bad at all.
Starting late-2014, 5 airlines were moved out of NAIA Terminal 1 to NAIA Terminal 3 (Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, KLM, and Singapore Airlines), so I'm guessing lesser lines now? And, Terminal 1 is under-going a major renovations. I haven't been to T1 recently. To those who have, please do share your thoughts and experience!
Etihad Airways EY428 from Abu Dhabi. B777-300ER (A6-ETI)
And that concludes my first trip report! Feel free to ask anything, and leave a comment!
THANK YOU! MARAMING SALAMAT! Until my next trip report!
Flight-Report is a free website hosting more than 500 000 pictures and 17 000 reviews, without ads, this website can't exist. We understand that ads can be annoying, this is why we only display a maximum of 2 non-invasive ads per page.
To continue using Flight-Report, we invite you to add Flight-Report to your blocker's "white list".