Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi to Male

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
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Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
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Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)

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My wife and I arrived at the airpot bright and early for our 9am Etihad flight to the Maldives.  Service was very impressive even pulling up to the arrivals area.  We were dropped off at the Business Class section of arrivals and an Etihad rep met us at our cab and confirmed we were business class passengers. He grabbed our bags and escorted us inside to the business class checkin area.

We were checked in with no problems and then given instructions to the business class lounge. Shortly after getting through security I noticed the Etihad First Class Lounge and asked the checkin agent if we could use the First Class Lounge as we were connecting from a first class ticket.  She was having difficulty on her computer and advised I could give her our boarding passes from yesterday’s first class flight.  She admitted that would be helpful and shortly after we were admitted.

 

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Etihad Airways First Class Lounge floral arrangement

Once inside we decided to grab some breakfast.  They have a formal eating area where they have some great waitstaff to assist passengers.  Our server was wonderful.  A pleasant gentleman that was very helpful and also loved relating to our baby as he had a little girl at home. Continue reading

Etihad First Class Apartments New York to Abu Dhabi A380

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380

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My wife and I were excited to board and see what Etihad had in store for us. We boarded through the upper deck jet bridge where the first class cabin is on Etihad’s A380 plane.

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Our A380 awaits

We were greeted by a flight attendant upon entrance and directed to turn left and that our apartments were on the right side of the isle.

I think by my wife’s facial reaction that she was quite impressed!  I don’t think showing her photos of the cabin before hand fully prepared her for how nice this cabin was.

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Look close at my wife’s face to see her reaction to her Etihad Apartment

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Upon entrance into the first class cabin you get to see just how elegant it is. My wife was in 3K and I was in 4K which are adjoining seats, one in front of the other. I think my wife knows my dislike of flying facing backwards so she took 3k and got settled in with the baby.  We both had our carryons and backpacks and they were all fairly full. Our primary flight attendant AKA butler helped us fit our bags in the storage area.  One of my wife’s bags was slightly to big so our butler helped stow it away in a crew cabin.

Upon entering my apartment I was Continue reading

Etihad First Class Lounge JFK Airport

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Introduction: Maldives an Ocean Paradise
Etihad First Class Lounge JKF Airport
Etihad First Class Apartments New York (JFK) to Abu Dhabi (AUH) A380
Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi
Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi
Etihad Regional Business Class Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Male (MLE)
Conrad Maldives Arrival Lounge and Maldivian Seaplane
Conrad Maldives
Around Rangali Island
Maldivian Sea Plane
Leeli Lounge Male Airport
Emirates Business Class Male (MLE) to Dubai (DXB) B777
Conrad Dubai
Around Dubai
Emirates First Class Lounge Dubai
Emirates First Class Dubai (DXB) to Dallas (DFW) B777
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Etihad First Class Lounge JFK Airport

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Etihad Airways First Class Lounge JFK

We booked transportation from LaGuardia to JFK via Legends Limousine as they had infant seating for the ride to JFK. We arrived at the airport (JFK) from Chicago very early around 9:45 am. Our flight wasn’t scheduled to depart until 3 pm and the Etihad ticket desk wasn’t scheduled to open until around 11 am at the earliest.  We decided to camp out in the airport for a bit. After about 30-45 minutes of waiting a lovely Etihad rep appeared to get the counters ready.  As she approached the separate cashiers desk near where we were waiting I asked her what time would they be opening for ticketing and mentioned that we were first class ticket holders.  Once she heard we were first class she advised she would check us in right away and opened up the line dividers for us to get to the counter.

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Checking in at the Etihad desk

She was wonderful and super nice in assisting us.  I asked if she could swap out our ugly AA boarding passes for some on Etihad stock instead. She gladly printed them for us.  She wasn’t used to checking in guests as she worked at the cashier desk most recently in which she handled escalated issues, etc. There was a line forming in anticipation of the ticketing desk opening and a few people decided to line up directly behind us bypassing the roped off area only to be turned away and told they don’t open until 11 am. After a few moments we were directed to the security lines and given directions to the Etihad Lounge.

After a quick jaunt through TSA we quickly found our way to the Etihad Lounge. Since we were the first ones checked in we had the lounge to ourselves for a long time before the next guests arrived.

We found a semi-private area in the back of the lounge in which we were seated and plopped our bags down.  We wanted to stay out of the way and secluded as possible with the baby in hopes he would have a nice quiet place to nap and that he wouldn’t disturb other guests. We were asked if we would like a beverage to start and shortly thereafter given menus.  We were told we could dine in the formal dining area or they would be happy to bring out anything we needed.

We decided to take a peek at the buffet and made our baby a plate of food to snack on.

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Once back to our seating area we selected some food since it was so early and we weren’t going to be on the plane for another 3-4 hours. Continue reading