Etihad A330-300 Review (Economy)

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Etihad A330-300 at AMS.

I recently traveled to Abu Dhabi after redeeming miles (90,000 miles and $46) for first class on Etihad’s A380 (the plane with the shower and onboard bar!).  I decided to fly the AUH-JFK route which was about an hour longer than flying in the other direction (jet stream folks).  I’ll review each segment of my trip:

I flew Etihad’s A330-300 in economy from Amsterdam to Abu Dhabi, an approximately 7-hour long flight.

Seats

The economy cabin was laid out in a 2-4-2 configuration.  I sat in the aisle seat on the right side of the plane.

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Legroom was awful.  If you are over 6′ tall, it will be a tight fit.  I think I would rather have an entertainment system than additional legroom, but I would rather not need to make that choice 😉

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Notice the no cell phone symbol–welcome to the 21st century.  Etihad advertised in-flight cell reception, although it did not work with my phone.  I think I would rather fly on planes that do not have cell phone connectivity–people can be so inconsiderate in crowded places.

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Entertainment

What a system.  The movie selection left a little to be desired but I still found two current (and English speaking) movies that I wanted to watch.  Both the USB and 110v ports worked and were strong enough to charge my devices.

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I appreciated the flip down cup holder as it helped organize my cords (it was not sturdy enough to hold an open-top cup).

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Aviation nerds enjoy watching the in-flight map.  It appears we flew over Iranian airspace when we flew East of Basrah, Iraq.

Food

You get a menu in economy!  This is the first time I had received a menu in economy.  You do not receive many food choices, but I appreciated being able to review my food choices before the flight crew took my order.

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I ordered the pasta and tortellini, with the red wine (blend) and sparkling water on the side.  The food was definitely above average for a long-haul economy flight.  I ate everything except the red salad.  The chocolate mousse dessert was by far my favorite dish.

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The bread was soft and the dish included three types of pasta.

American Codeshare Notes

This trip was my first on Etihad and my first on a non-codeshare flight marketed by American Airlines.  For starters, none of my elite benefits apply to Etihad.  I received no lounge access (AMS had a priority pass lounge so it worked out), seat upgrades, or additional checked bags.  I received 0 EQMs and 805 redeemable miles.  The flight booked into the L fare class on Etihad which earned 25% redeemable miles.  If the flight would have been a codeshare (with an American Airlines flight number), I would have earned 3,229 EQMs and 8 miles per dollar spent on the fare.

Conclusion

Etihad has an excellent long-haul economy product and I would not hesitate to fly them again.  Next time, I will double-check the codeshare status of the flight to ensure I receive more EQMs and redeemable miles.

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