CRUIS­ING TO­WARDS PER­FEC­TION

Eti­had Air­ways’ first-class pas­sen­gers now have more rea­sons to check in ear­lier at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Robb Report Singapore - - Travel & Leisure - By CHAR­MAINE TAI

e want to be the world’s best air­line,” says Stephen Ma­honey, head of cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions Aus­tralia and Asia at Eti­had Air­ways, with a hint of de­ter­mi­na­tion and con­fi­dence. How apt it must have been, con­sid­er­ing that Skytrax named the na­tional car­rier of United Arab Emi­rates the World’s Best First Class Air­line this year.

If there were a split sec­ond’s doubt as to why Eti­had de­served the award, it would have dis­ap­peared the minute I boarded the flight at Sin­ga­pore Changi Air­port. I was ush­ered into the first class cabin and served a cup of spe­cial­ity Ara­bic cof­fee to go along with a trio of dried dates.

The jour­ney from Sin­ga­pore to Abu Dhabi proved to be noth­ing short of per­fect.

Of course, noth­ing beats hav­ing the home ground ad­van­tage.

What this trans­lates to is a ded­i­cated ter­mi­nal for Eti­had at Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Air­port, which houses its flag­ship First Class Lounge & Spa.

Re­sem­bling a pri­vate mem­bers’ club, the 1,600sqm First Class Lounge & Spa in

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