I tried economy class on Etihad, the airline famous for its $23,000 apartment-in-the-sky ticket, and I was surprised to find it wasn't anything special
- Etihad Airways is the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates, operating in 75 destinations all over the world.
- Though the airline is only 15 years old, it has built a stellar reputation due primarily to its long-haul flights on new planes like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 superjumbo.
- It is also well-known for its extravagant business and first-class offerings, like The Residence, a $23,000 ticket that comes with a literal apartment-in-the-sky.
- With Gulf airlines like Etihad, Emirates, and others becoming more popular, I decided to try out Etihad on a recent flight from Abu Dhabi to Cairo. I was curious whether Etihad's reputation would hold up in economy-class on a non-long haul.
Consumer aviation website Skytrax's list of top airlines in the world is dominated by flag carriers like Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, and Cathay Pacific, among others.
Coming in at #15 on the list is an airline that I've heard tons of about: Etihad Airways, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates.Etihad has made a lot of noise over the years due to its ultra-modern fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Airbus A380 superjumbos and its extravagant first and business class offerings on long-haul flights. Those offerings include Business Studio, which comes with a massaging lie-flat bed, 18.5-inch touchscreen, and a lounge to hang out in, and The Residence, a $23,000 ticket that comes with a literal apartment in the sky.
But, let's be real: I'm not flying any of that.
As a regular joe - albeit one who travels quite often - I was curious how Etihad would hold up in economy class. I got my chance recently when booking a flight from Abu Dhabi, Etihad's hub, to Cairo, Egypt.
While I won't say Etihad was bad, it certainly wasn't anything out of the ordinary.
Read on to see what I thought of my flight on Etihad Airways, departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Cairo International Airport, operated on an Airbus A320.