Category Archives for Etihad.

Qatar Forms Air Italy, Aims to Be Italy’s Flagship Carrier as Etihad’s Alitalia Continues Bankruptcy

Italian carrier Meridiana is now Air Italy after a name change sparked by its new shareholder Qatar Airways. The hope is that Air Italy succeeds bankrupt Alitalia to become the new Italian flagship carrier. The carrier announced plans for the addition of 20 B737 MAX aircraft as well as five A330-200 leases from Qatar. Milan…

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Etihad Residence Lounge Access now Available in JFK and Abu Dhabi

The Etihad First Class Lounge & Spa in Abu Dhabi. Source: Etihad

A few weeks ago I wrote about Etihad’s decision to begin selling access to the Residence Lounge “VIP Room” in Melbourne airport. The room was previously reserved for passengers traveling in Etihad’s Residence on the A380, an above-First-Class cabin that features a bedroom, living room, and private bathroom with shower. Since Etihad stopped flying the A380…

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Etihad Will Sell Access to “Residence Room” in Melbourne Lounge for ~$30

VIP Room for Residence Passengers in Etihad First & Business Class Lounge Melbourne. Source: Etihad

For the past year, we have seen Gulf carriers increasing focus on monetizing their amenities ever more aggressively. Emirates and Etihad both began selling lounge access to all passengers in 2017, across their entire lounge network worldwide. Etihad even started selling pajamas, amenity kits, and champagne in Economy Class. Now, Etihad is lowering the price for…

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Was 2017 Fatal For International First Class?

The full range of Casper products in American Airlines long-haul First Class. Source: American Airlines

For all the attention poured on new business class cabins in 2017, airlines did not bestow so much favor on international first class cabins. Though heavyweight luxury carrier Emirates and Singapore launched much improved first class suites onboard their long-haul jets, enthusiasm for the private, front end of the plane waned among just about everyone…

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Several Gulf Countries Cut Ties With Qatar

Greetings from Abu Dhabi! As reported by several major news publications, four countries in the Persian Gulf region have cut diplomatic relations with, closed their borders to, and halted all travel to/from Qatar: the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt. This move seems to be have been spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, which claims to be…

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American, Delta, & United Place Ads in Trump’s Favorite TV Shows & Newspapers…Six-Figure Cost

Well, they certainly are spending quite a bit of cash trying to reach the President… The Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, an advocacy group that represents American, Delta, United, and five flight attendant and pilot unions, has taken out ads at a six-figure cost in Trump’s favorite TV shows and newspapers. They are asking Trump…

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Increased JFK-AUH Etihad A380 First Class Apartment AA Award Availability

There are currently several dates in early June with First Class Apartment availability on Etihad’s JFK-AUH A380 route, many dates even have two seats available. This coincides with Etihad upgrading the JFK-AUH route to an all A380 fleet starting on June 1st. Outbound from the US has historically been the tougher find, but ever since the…

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Etihad Award Searching Finally Made Easier, Enable Automated Alerts!

My most recent Etihad redemptions involved last minute bookings when award availability for The Residence aboard their A380 flights opened up the day before and day of travel. Snagging these required me to check Etihad’s website multiple times per day (or let’s be honest…per hour). That combined with having to call American’s Australia call center to…

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