Etihad Airways EY 37 Abu Dhabi to Paris Diamond First Class

control panel for seat and lighting
one of the dining areas in the Diamond First Class lounge at AUH
sfouf, a delectable First Class dessert

Carrier: Etihad Airways

Flight Number: EY 37 departing AUH @ 09:00

Duration: 6:45

Class: Diamond First Class

Configuration: Airbus A330-300

Check-in experience:
No check-in was necessary in Abu Dhabi as boarding passes were issued on departure from Sydney. 

Lounge:
Etihad's First Class lounge at AUH is more a private club than an airport lounge, with expansive spaces in separate seating areas and dining areas, the latter of which is fitted out as fine restaurant with table service in lovely surroundings.  Not a buffet table in sight.  The quiet ambience conveys a sense of reverence for travel at its best.

On-time performance:  The flight left Abu Dhabi on schedule and arrived in Paris 25 minutes early after flying over a spectacular variety of landscapes ranging from stark deserts of the Gulf to snow-covered peaks of eastern Turkey, gleaming waters of the Black Sea, and neat farming rectangles of Europe.

Seat/Cabin conditions:
Seats were upholstered in creamy Poltrona Frau leather—extremely soft and comfortable.  The Diamond Class cabin had only eight seats; once the privacy screens were closed, the rest of the cabin seemed worlds away.  Multiple lighting options allowed for exactly the right ambience.

Food And Beverage:
Stellar.  A flight to one of the gourmet capitals of the world would be expected to offer a preview of what awaits, and Etihad's onboard chefs do exactly that with refined dining comparable to any fine dining establishment on the ground.  The extensive menu is matched by a comprehensive winelist as well as a tea menu.  A guest seat within each compartment makes dinners for two a nice option.

Service:
Attentive and hospitable to a fault, the cosmopolitan cabin crew were exceptional in their commitment to service, understanding that, despite any glamour or luxury, the human element leaves the deepest impression.

Entertainment:
Reflecting the multicultural society of the United Arab Emirates, entertainment options hail from a number of sources beyond Hollywood.  Even the flight map comes in four varieties, depending on how you want to see the world.  The handheld remote control allowed for video on demand with total control over the viewing experience.

Arrival:
CDG was unusually quiet on a Sunday afternoon, making Immigration, baggage claim, and transport into the City Of Light quick and easy. 

Overview:

First Class to Paris—a dream travel experience if ever there were one.  The fact that it took place in Etihad's Diamond Class made it all the more memorable.
 
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.L.B

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