Review: Etihad A330-200 Business Class

Etihad A330-200 Business Class Review

 

This Review of Etihad Business Class on the 777-300ER is part of a trip report including Etihad First Class and luxury resorts in the Maldives and Southeast Asia. For the prior posts, please see:

Review of Etihad's Lounge at Washington Dulles Airport (IAD)

Etihad First Class 787-9 Dreamliner Review

Rosewood Abu Dhabi Review

Review: Wingtips Lounge JFK for Etihad First Class Passengers

Review: Etihad First Class 777-300ER NYC to Abu Dhabi

Review: Etihad Business Class Lounge Abu Dhabi AUH Terminal 1

 

Etihad A330-200 Business Class Cabin and Seat Selection

Etihad’s Business Class Cabin on the A330-200 has 22 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. The middle seats alternate rows between couple’s seats with the seats close together, and those with seats farther apart and closer to the aisle.

Those traveling solo will want a window seat; I’d recommend any of them in rows 6-9, avoiding 5A and 5K due to their proximity to the galley and lavatory. For couples or friends traveling together, select the odd numbered rows except for the first row: 7 E and 7F or the seats we were in, 9E and 9F (first photo of the post).

Review-Etihad Business Class Cabin A330-200

 

Etihad A330-200 Business Class Seat

On our last trip to the Maldives, our Etihad Business Class flight from Male to Abu Dhabi was in recliner seats (see Etihad Business Class Review: Male to Abu Dhabi), which weren’t comfortable for napping or sleeping. I was happy that the seats on Etihad's new A330-200 business class offers flat bed seats, even though this time there was less need for them as we were on a morning flight into Male.

Seat controls were straightforward:

Etihad Business Class Review A330-200-Seat Controls

 

There was ample footwell space, and above it, a shelf forms part of the flat bed, otherwise serves as storage space, and above that, the IFE screens.

Etihad Business Class Review A330-200: Footwell and IFE

 

After meal service, I reclined the seat fully flat into a bed. It was quite comfortable as business class seats go, although at 73 inches, not long enough for taller passengers such as my husband.

Etihad Business Class Flat Bed Seat Review, A330-200

 

Etihad Business Class Menu and Food

Soon after being welcomed aboard and shown to our seats, we were offered a cool towel and a pre-flight drink. My son accepted orange juice, which tasted freshly squeezed, while I opted for a glass of champagne.

Etihad Business Class Review-Refreshing Towel and Pre-Flight Drink-Champagne

 

We were also given a menu with breakfast and drink options:

Etihad Business Class Menu-Breakfast

Etihad Business Class Review: Champagne and Wine List

 

After we were airborne, the flight attendant offered mixed nuts and a another drink choice. The munchkin's fresh orange juice was so tasty I decided to enjoy this as my next drink.

Review-Etihad Business Class A330-200: Mixed Nuts and Orange Juice

 

For a breakfast appetizer, my son had the fresh fruit plate, which turned out to be the better choice. It even included fresh passion fruit, a rarity for business class.

Review-Etihad Business Class A330-200: Fresh Fruit Plate

 

My cold cuts plate with cheese was fine, but forgettable. Both appetizers came with a cone of assorted breads.

Review-Etihad Business Class A330-200-Cold Cuts and Cheese Plate

 

As a breakfast entree my son asked for the scrambled eggs with sausage, which was decent; better than you'd expect to get on a domestic U.S. business-first class flight.

Etihad Business Class Review A330-200: Scrambled Egg Breakfast

 

I liked my Arabic breakfast of lamb patty, spicy sausage, baked egg, and chickpeas with potatoes. I also tried a little of the Chateau Grand Corbin Manuel Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2006, but it was too dry for my personal taste; I regretted not trying the Zinfandel instead.

Etihad Business Class Review: Arabic Breakfast

 

Weirdly, we (nor anyone else that I could see) was ever served the dessert listed on the menu, the bitter orange bake. Since it didn't sound all that appetizing, I didn't ask for it, but it was odd that it wasn't offered.

 

The Verdict

The Etihad Business Class A330-200 flat bed hard product is a much appreciated improvement over the old Etihad recliner seats we flew in 2 years ago. Food was fine, although not a highlight, which is typical for business class. Service was friendly but could have been more polished. And I had to wonder if dimming the lights after quickly serving the appetizer and breakfast entree on a morning flight, with no attempt at dessert service, was a way to minimize crew work during the flight.

That said, I was very appreciative when the purser and ground staff helped me retrieve my phone, which unfortunately fell underneath the seat late in the flight, to a place where it was impossible for me to retrieve it on my own.

If you've flown Etihad Business Class on the A330-200 recently, what was your experience?

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