Hello from New York, where I’m in the midst of a circle trip of sorts (I need to be in Florida by tomorrow yet I’m flying to the west coast tonight – I have no clue what I’m doing).
I just flew Etihad Airways Diamond First from Abu Dhabi to New York, the same exact route I flew last November, as some of you may recall from my trip report.
Last time I wasn’t terribly impressed by Etihad. While the seat was among my favorite in the sky, the service and food left a bit to be desired.
In a way today’s flight was like déjà vu. The flight left from exactly the gate as last time, and in many ways the flight was very similar.
I will say the service and food were a bit better then last year. There was an onboard chef who was pretty knowledgeable about the menu and great at making recommendations, though I can’t say the same for most of the rest of the crew. They were friendly in a distant way, if that makes any sense.
Nonetheless it was a very pleasant flight – I got some sleep, watched a few movies, and had a couple of good meals. I’ll have more on the flight with the trip report, though there’s one other thing I have to mention that drives me bonkers.
Why do non-US airlines keep their cabins so uncomfortably warm? You can always layer and use a blanket, though there’s only so much clothes you can take off. Foreign airlines consistently keep their planes at sauna-like temperatures, made even worse by the fact that they typically don’t have individual air nozzles. I’m almost tempted to fly US airlines longhaul simply for access to an air nozzle and a cool cabin, as it’s really tough to sleep if you’re sweating, no matter how comfortable the seat is.