In this trip report I review my flight in Business Class or “Pearl Business” on Etihad Airways 787-900 Dreamliner in the “Business Etihad Studio” from Brisbane to Abu Dhabi. The Dreamliner replaces the Airbus A300 planes that used to connect this route via Singapore.
I have published several trip reports about my recent flights with Etihad, in Business and First Class. You can read these reviews below:
Review: Etihad A330 Business Class Review Hong Kong to Abu Dhabi
Review: Etihad Business Class On The A380 Abu Dhabi to London
Review: Etihad Airways A380 First Class London to Abu Dhabi
Review: Etihad Airways A330 Business Class Abu Dhabi to the Maldives
Review: Etihad Airbus A380 First Class Apartment Review London to Abu Dhabi
Advantages of travelling Business Class on Etihad include a chauffeur service to and from the airport (within a certain mileage), priority checkin and boarding.
Review: Air New Zealand Airport Lounge In Brisbane Airport
The new, stylish Air New Zealand lounge comes complete with private shower suites, tarmac views, plenty of comfy seats and a buffet area. The food on offer includes a big choice of wraps and sandwiches, hot soup with rolls, mains of seasoned chicken and sweets of muffins, scones with jam and cream and profiteroles.
Business Class Cabin & Seat
Etihad’s 787-900 Dreamliner features Business Studio seats. These seating booths offer a fully-flat bed of up to 204cm, complete with the Etihad turndown service (including a mattress, cotton pyjamas and slippers). Each seat has aisle access and there are plenty of useful surfaces & tables, storage plus a footrest. Four lighting choices create the perfect mood in your Business Studio, ranging from dimmable reading and table lights through to pretty mood lighting.
Each Pearl Business Class Seat has an 18.5-inch LCD screen with the usual films, tv shows, tv channels, audio programmes and CD. In-flight telephone and WiFi is also available on newer planes.
What are the best seats on Etihad’s B787-9 Dreamliner?
See Etihad seat map. I prefer the A & K window seats which face forward and of course have aisle access. I would not choose seat 5 C & H which are facing backwards and are the seats which are closest to the toilet doors for passing traffic.
Before take-off, an amenity kit was offered to all Business Class passengers. The Etihad amenity kit features in my top 10 airline amenity kits. It comes in a small bag and contained a range of skin products including hand lotion and lip balm as well as the usual essentials (eyeshades, earplugs, dental kit etc).
Food On Etihad
Once I was seated, I was offered a glass of water, orange juice or Champagne along with a hot towel. Soon after take off, dinner was served. As as starter, I choose rare seared tuna with citrus salad.
For main, the menu offered:
Grass-fed fillet of beef served with morel mushroom sauce, seasonable vegetables, roast potatoes and red onion jam.
Vietnamese barramundi, sambal wrapped in banana leaf served with coconut rice and stir-fried vegetables.
Trio of Arabic koftas: beef, lamb and chicken with tomato basil sauce, sayadiah rice, asparagus spears, pumpkin and grilled peppers.
Roasted vegetable terrine with coriander pesto cream sauce and sun-dried tomato.
Dessert was a choice between
Lemon tart served warm with crème anglaise.
Citrus cheesecake with lemon-orange segments and cinnamon glaze.
Seasonal fresh fruit.
A selection of ice cream flavours.
A separate ‘all day’ menu also provides food that you can order at any time throughout the flight.
About 60 minutes before landing in Abu Dhabi, I had a breakfast of passionfruit smoothie, yoghurt with granola and stewed apple.
At Abu Dhabi Business Class passengers can access the Etihad Airways arrivals lounge where you can have another breakfast and use the showers.
Etihad Airways’ has the ultimate First Class offering on their A380’s with The Residence (featuring a private living room, separate en-suite shower room, and a bedroom with a double bed). I have written a full review of my last flight in the Etihad First Class Apartment and have taken further pictures on a second trip in Etihad First Class.