Review of Etihad Airways flight Abu Dhabi Melbourne in Economy

Airline Etihad Airways
Flight EY462
Class Economy
Seat 38A
Aircraft Boeing 787-9
Flight time 13:06
Take-off 19 Mar 18, 09:53
Arrival at 20 Mar 18, 05:59
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Rob777ER
By SILVER 1309
Published on 8th May 2018

Flight Review EY462 from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne



Hi everyone for the 2nd part.
This report will cover my flight from AUH to MEL - Down Under - with some bonus pictures of Melbourne.


Trip Overview



1st Segment: MUC > AUH – EY004
2nd Segment: AUH > MEL – YOU ARE HERE
3rd Segment: MEL > AUH – EY463
4th Segment: AUH > MUC – EY003


Pre Flight @ AUH



After my connecting flight from MUC was perfectly on time (even a few minutes early) there was no rush for me to get my next flight to MEL.
I really enjoyed to walk around AUH in the morning and proceeded to the gate early as I read that there were some special security controls for flights to Australia.
They checked my bag and wanted to know how many devices with a battery I have (Notebook, Tablet, Mobile Phone, etc.).

Gate 34 for my longest flight up to that point!
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I have not mentioned the aircraft type for that route.
Well … yes … it was a B787-9!
My first time flying with that type and I was really looking forward to it since I booked my flights back in January.


View of my B787-9 from gate.
Doesn't she look pretty? Especially in that morning light!! ;)
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General Flight Information EY462



Aircraft Type: B787-9
Aircraft Registration: A6-BLK
Boarding (planed): 08:10 am
Boarding (actual): 08:25 am
Push Back: 09:26 am
Departure (planed): 09:10 am
Departure (actual): 09:53 am
Arrival (planed): 05:20 am
Arrival (actual): 05:59 am
Arrival Gate: 06:03 am


Ticket for flight EY462


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Flight EY462



When boarding started a few minutes late, the aircraft was still refuelled.
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My seat for my flight to Melbourne - once again 38A.
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The seat pitch and width was a little bit smaller than on the EY B777 in my opinion.
Overal the seat was okay, but it was not that comfortable than on the B777.
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Refuelling still ongoing.
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View from my seat across the gates at AUH.
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Bonus: Headphones connection in EY B787-9


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Push back was about 30min late and the delay rose even more as we had to wait some time to get a new departure time because of that much traffic in AUH.
Thank god the view during taxiing and waiting was not too bad.



Finally with a delay of about 50min we lined up and our heavy heavy B787-9 roared away.
Take off was pretty amazing, you could really feel all the kerosin and heavy load of the aircraft.



Air France A380 at AUH (for service …?).
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Some other aircrafts at AUH (for service …?).
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Aerial view of beautiful AUH shortly after departure.
Weather was amazing … and that wing?
I fell in love when I saw it flexing during take off <3
Boeing makes by far the most beautiful wings ever!



Wing detail with blue sky as background <3
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We departed in western direction, so we had to make a sharp U turn to get on course to MEL.



30min into the flight, a light snack and drinks were served.
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When we left the Arabian Peninsula and entered the Arabian Sea, lunch was served.
Starter was some bean and cucumber salad, followed by spicy chicken with rice.
Dessert was some kind of pudding or something like that, to be honest - I have no idea how it is called, but it tasted okay.



Our route was slightly south of India and passing over Sri Lanka.
There wer no bumps over the Arabian Sea, but when we crossed Sri Lanka it started to shaking quite a lot for about half an hour.
No surprise as there were thick clouds outside on cruising altitude.
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EY's entertainment system is very good (nothing new ;)), lots of new movies as well as old and well known movies.
I choose the new version of "It" … definitely worth to watch it.
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The part between India / Sri Lanka and Australia is by far the most exhausting part of the whole flight.
It takes hours and hours to cover the distance and there is only water underneath …
Weather outside got thankfully better, just some fluffy clouds.



About half way between India / Sri Lanka and Australia, another snack was served.
Two buns with cheese and ham and it got dark as we headed into the night.



During the flight I made already some plans for MEL after arrival and slept a little bit.
Surprisingly I slept a few hours and felt refresh when I woke up anywhere above Australia.
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Just a few minutes after I woke up - about 2h until MEL - breakfast was served.
There was only one option - vanilla bread.
Taste was good and filling.



Flight path and almost in Melbourne … the other side of the world!! :)
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It felt that landing was not easy as there were some gusts that early morning in MEL.
But the pilot did a great job and tried to touch down as smooth as possible.
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Finally … Down Under!!!
After a total travel time of 22h from departure in MUC to landing in MEL.
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Post Flight @ MEL



After the flight, it took a while to get of the aircraft as there were some minor problems with the bridge at the gate.
Imigration was very good … maybe one of the most friendliest staff I have ever had at an immigration point!

I bought a SIM CARD for my mobile phone imideately after the exit and then walked to the SKY BUS Terminal which connects MEL Airport with MEL Downtown 24h a day and 7 days a week.
If you plan to go to MEL, book your tickets in advanced via the website! I really recommend that and you can save some money as well.


Bonus: Pictures from Melbourne and Phillip Island


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Verdict

Etihad Airways

8.3/10
Cabin7.0
Cabin crew8.5
Entertainment9.0
Meal/catering8.5

Abu Dhabi - AUH

7.4/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.0

Melbourne - MEL

8.9/10
Efficiency9.5
Access9.0
Services9.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

Informations on the route Abu Dhabi (AUH) Melbourne (MEL)

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