Hi guys , welcome to another flight report. This time its on Etihad Airways on a short hop from Karachi to Abu Dhabi onboard one of their Boeing 777-300er aircrafts. Firstly for those interested a video version of this flight report is available on my YouTube channel. It is linked above.
Anyways after a 40 minute drive from my house , made it to Jinnah International airport. I was quite surprised seeing the airport so empty because 1am-6am is the busy rush period here especially for international travel . But then again i was traveling during a pandemic so i guess this empty airport sadly makes sense.
There were quite a few check in desks open for this flight so the check in experience went quite smoothly and not forgetting the low load also adding to the swift process.
After check in and immigration , made my way to the international concourse gates.
Got a blurry glimpse of the aircraft flying me to Abu Dhabi. A 2013 built Boeing 777-300er with the registration of A6-ETN.
Also the area around the gates was just filled with a handful of people. I will be honest , I have flown out of this airport during this time slot numerous number of times and have never seen this area so vacant.
Very soon it was time to board the beautiful Boeing 777. Also managed to get a better view of the beauty that was still wearing the old Etihad livery which I think looks so much better on it. What do you guys think ?
Made my way to seat 34A for my flight. The seats on this Boeing 777-300er were in the standard 3-4-3 configuration. And they were overall quite nice.
The seat consisted of a decent sized IFE screen , along with a coat hook and a USB port. The seat also had alright legroom , although I do feel on longer flights taller people might feel a bit cramped up.
The seat pocket contents consisted of a Boeing 777-300er safety card along with a waste bag . No Inflight magazine sadly due to COVID 19.
The cabin crew then distributed the " amenity kit of 2020". A wellness kit that contained a few sanitizer sachets, gloves and disposable face mask. Along with that the earphones for the IFE system were also distributed.
A comfortable pillow and blanket were also available on the seat.
The view from my seat was quite nice. The Turkish Airlines A330-300 had just arrived in from Istanbul.
We pushed back from our gate on time and those massive GE 90-115Bs roared up to life. Seriously that start up is music to my ears.
A quick taxi to Runway 25L and we are off on our way to Abu Dhabi.
Shortly after reaching cruising altitude , the cabin crew distributed these " snack packs " It consisted of a sandwich along with a piece of cake and a bottle of water.
The flight overall went by in complete darkness, other than the few lights here and there below us.
The cabin overall was simple and basic and also very clean.
The IFE system had a good selection of movies , TV shows etc. to keep you busy. I'm sure there will be something for you even on a flight of a duration of 10 hours.
Very soon it was time to start our descent into Abu Dhabi.
On finals for Runway 31L
We touchdown in Abu Dhabi International Airport on time. Good job by the pilots with the smooth touchdown.
After vacating the Runway it was a short taxi to one of the many remote stands around the airport.
Farewell A6-ETN , thanks for a pleasant journey during these tough Corona times.
Overall it was a decent flight on board Etihad Airways. The seat comfort , well I say its average as in the beginning its quite nice but then later on during the flight it can get crampy. Th meal service was mean was slightly disappointing for me as I expected them to serve a larger quantity even if it meant a larger sandwich. The IFE was alright with a good selection of content to choose from. Although the touchscreen was not the most responsive. The cabin crew overall were goad on this flight . Professional and did there job attentively on this short hop.