Earlier this year, the World Bank ranked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as the 22 easiest country for doing business. Considering the federation’s stable political system, well-established economic infrastructure and free trade agreement with Singapore, this news hardly comes as a surprise. After Etihad Airways launched its brand new 787 Dreamliner in August 2015 and reimagined what it means to fly from Abu Dhabi to Singapore, there are now even more reasons to pursue your entrepreneurial interests in the UAE. Here, EX highlights six luxuries that you can enjoy when flying business class with Etihad from the Lion City to the Emirati capital.
Your luxurious experience begins even before you board the aircraft. Etihad Airways offers the Etihad Chauffeur service that lets business and first class flyers enjoy free transfer to the airport in both Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Just specify a time and a well-groomed butler of friendly disposition will fetch you at the designated pick-up point in a swanky Mercedes E250. Now that’s some proper VIP treatment.
Business Class Lounge
Try to reach the airport at least two hours before flight departure so that you can enjoy the SATS Premier Lounge at Terminal 2 of the Changi Airport. Those travelling back to Singapore can enjoy the highly impressive First and Business Class Lounge at the Abu Dhabi International Airport. There, you can shower, enjoy delicious food from the international buffet counter, watch your favourite movie at the snazzy den with individual TV pods, and even get a massage at Six Senses Spa.
Professional cabin crew
Your first impression of Etihad Airways would be formed by its cabin crew, who really demonstrate that professionalism is beyond just plastering a big smile on the face and looking glamorous in a chic uniform. They are genuinely attentive to your needs, and sincerity speaks volumes in this day and age.
Freshly prepared inflight meals
You won’t be feasting on the standard pre-packed food during your flight. The B787 Dreamliner comes with an inflight chef who’ll cook your meals and immaculately plate your desserts for you. With mandatory experience in a four or five-star hotel, the chef will redefine what it means to dine aboard a plane. There’s also a dedicated food and beverage manager who’ll be on standby to dispense professional culinary advice, so if you need suggestions on wines to pair with your meal, you’ll know who to request for.
Top-notch entertainment system
When you’re stuck in a plane for over seven hours, you’ll need to be kept entertained when you’re not catching up on work e-mails. The brand new 787 Dreamliner comes with a large personal 18-inch touchscreen TV delivering over 750 hours of the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and interactive games. Just plug in the noise-cancelling headset and you’re set to go.
What can possibly be more important than comfort when you’re on a long-haul flight? Etihad Airways strives to replicate the luxurious hotel room experience with the deployment of the 787 Dreamliner. Just ease into your reclining lounge chair measuring 22 inches wide that converts to a flat bed with the simple touch of a button. To make sure you catch up on some undisturbed sleep, your seat comes with a headrest that’s upholstered by furniture-maker Poltrana Frau.