My return trip from Nepal on Etihad Airlines began with a flight 0n an Etihad A320 from Kathmandu to Etihad’s hub in Abu Dhabi.
Boarding was by airstairs forward and aft.
This aircraft has two classes of service, business and economy. I had seat 3A, a business class seat.
For a narrow-body aircraft, the business-class seats were quite spacious and comfortable. There are 16 seats in the forward cabin on this Etihad A320, and I was the only passenger.
Interestingly, the flight to Abu Dhabi was scheduled to make a stop in Lucknow, India only one hour after takeoff. The flight attendant explained this was solely for fuel as Etihad never refueled in Nepal.
Service began with pre-departure champagne.
Drinks were served on the one-hour flight to Lucknow.
Dinner was served on the two-and-one-half hour flight from Lucknow to Abu Dhabi.
I had the braised lamb and saffron rice entrée.
Followed by a nice desert.
For a narrow body aircraft with a small galley, the flight attendants did a great job with the preparation and presentation of the meal.
The business-class seats have a large personal video screen recessed in the armrest between the seats. Having just completed an Everest flight and a brief trek in the Himalayan foothills, there was no question about which movie to watch.
The seats are not lie flat, but they are very roomy. I reclined as I watched the movie, cuddled under the soft blanket, and dozed a little bit before arrival.
The flight landed on time at about 00:30. I had an eight-hour layover in Abu Dhabi before my flight to Dallas. I spent that time in the Etihad Premium Lounge. I’ll report on that lounge in a separate post.
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