New Etihad Airbus A350 Business Class Seats Revealed

The vision of Etihad as a premium global carrier, with stakes in airlines around the world feeding traffic through Abu Dhabi and building the UAE capital as a global transit hub, has largely been dismantled after years of significant losses followed by the pandemic.

Gone or on the way out are Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200LRs, and Airbus A330s. Gone as well the Airbus A380s featuring one of the world’s best first class products. Their long haul fleet instead will consist of Boeing 787s, 777-9s (when those are eventually ready), and Airbus A350s. Only a subset of Boeing 787s will even offer a first class cabin.

Etihad has finally revealed their Airbus A350 with new business class – or at least photos have been shared, rather than the airline officially releasing them. It’s nice, but not revolutionary. They’ve taken the Collins Aerospace (née B/E Aerospace) Super Diamond seat found on carriers like American Airlines and added a door, similar to British Airways for its new Club Suite.

They’ve paid attention to details, in an Etihad style, with brown leather seats and a reading lamp. This will be a ‘nice enough’ business class, though certainly not world-leading. And one I’d be happy to fly using American AAdvantage miles for as long as that remains an option or transferring points directly to Etihad from Amex, Citi, and Capital One.

(HT: Paddle Your Own Kanoo)

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  1. These seats might be average, but one thing’s for sure. They will be occupied disproportionately by white passengers. I call on every white passenger to give up their premium seats to black passengers. Just a small step toward racial justice.

  2. So they took out useful overhead space to make the cabin feel “more open,” and then put sliding doors on the sets to help people feel more confined.

  3. @Wokeflyer #BLM

    Now, that is some fine trolling there..
    The time, effort, and underlying stewing racism coursing through your veins… man. Brandon do be takin up space in your head, rent free and expanding.

  4. The forward-facing Etihad A380 business seats were awesome. They really felt like little private cabins. And the ability to have a drink or even breakfast in the “lounge” was very nice. These seats look acceptable but not exceptional.

  5. Woke flyer. Get a job, work hard, save your money and pay for your business seat yourself, like the rest of us. Stop talking race rubbish

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