Etihad Airways offers customizable service from trained chefs.
You can lie back and relax on your next flight to Abu Dhabi—literally. Etihad Airways, the posh national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is premiering new direct flight service to the UAE capital city from Washington Dulles International Airport. Flights arrive in Washington at 5 pm and depart Washington at 10:30 pm.
On board, Diamond First Class fliers will find comfortable, fully reclining flatbed seats; partitioned suites, turndown service, and Dupioni silk bedding; and trained chefs who can create customized in-flight meals, including some organic options. Pearl Business Class customers will also enjoy fully reclining seats along with gourmet food and wine service. (Local first-class and business-class guests also gain access to a premium lounge at Dulles airport, which allows for direct boarding to the aircraft and includes a VIP area.)
Washington is only the third U.S. city for the airliner, which has a flight network of more than 85 locations. “The [flight] schedule also allows maximum connectivity to key markets in the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council], Indian Subcontinent, and Southeast Asia,” explains Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan. “The Washington, DC, metropolitan area ranks as one of the strongest-performing economies in the country. Demand for premium cabins from the market is significantly higher than from other potential US destinations, so we forecast that our award-winning Diamond First Class and Pearl Business Class will be very popular.” Flight service officially opens on April 1; to book travel, visit etihad.com.