ETIHAD AIRWAYS’ NEW POLICIES
Etihad Airways introduced some major changes last month – here’s the lowdown. Good news is, you can now bid to get an empty seat next to you when flying Economy Class. The ‘Neighbour-Free Seat’ option lets guests bid for up to three empty seats next to their original seat, based on availability and layout of the cabin. Think about it: No more perfunctory small talk. Following in the footsteps of Emirates, which introduced similar access earlier this year, Eithad’s Economy customers can also reap the benefits of Premium Lounges, albeit for a payment. Business Class passengers can also pay to use the First Class Lounge and spa. Etihad has also cut back on some facilities. Since July 3, Business and First Class passengers have to pay for chauffeur service at all destinations – except Abu Dhabi (the service was previously included in the fare). Passengers flying in The Residence on the Airbus A380 and those whose Business Class and First Class tickets were booked and issued prior to July 3 still get the service for free.