Eti­had Air­ways Busi­ness Stu­dio re­view

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Flyer Cara Wagstaff Class Busi­ness Stu­dio Route Lon­don to Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi to Syd­ney Codes EY18 and EY450 Air­craft Air­bus A380-800

The seat

Crea­ture com­forts abound on Eti­had’s next-gen­er­a­tion Busi­ness Stu­dio: not only do fly­ers now have 20 per cent more per­sonal space but they also re­cline on seats up­hol­stered in fine leather by Poltrona Frau, which con­vert into a fully flat – and ex­cep­tion­ally com­fort­able 204-cen­time­tre bed. I’m par­tic­u­larly fond of the built-in mas­sage fea­ture (and ad­justable seat firm­ness), and bonus points go to the well-de­signed lay­out with am­ple per­sonal stowage.

The ser­vice

As I set­tle into my stu­dio with a glass of Bil­le­cart-Sal­mon Cham­pagne, my per­sonal food and bev­er­age man­ager comes over to note my pre­ferred din­ing times and sug­gest wines for each course. But that’s just the be­gin­ning. Eti­had is also the only com­mer­cial air­line to em­ploy nan­nies on board through a part­ner­ship with Nor­land Col­lege, the United King­dom’s premier child­care training in­sti­tu­tion (whose grad­u­ates have worked for the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge). Fly­ing Nan­nies, with their dis­tinc­tive or­ange pinafores, are on board all mid-to-long flights to help en­ter­tain the kids.

The din­ing

Eti­had’s bistro-style Dine Any­time menu is per­fect for re­set­ting my body clock to lo­cal Syd­ney time. I opt for an Ara­bic Mezze plate and a Mediter­ranean tart. My meal comes with a stylised steel bread bas­ket and salt and pep­per shak­ers in­spired by the tra­di­tional de­sign and architecture of Abu Dhabi. The en­ter­tain­ment

An 18-inch flatscreen touch TV of­fers Eti­had E-BOX en­ter­tain­ment and seven chan­nels of live news and sport. If you plan on get­ting some work done, you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity, lap­top power sup­ply and USB ports at ev­ery seat. The lounge

At Abu Dhabi Air­port, the Eti­had Pre­mium Lounge of­fers a buf­fet se­lec­tion, shower fa­cil­i­ties, shave or spa treat­ments, and you can have clothes pressed while you wait. The glam factor

As well as the com­pli­men­tary chauf­feur ser­vice, pri­or­ity check-in at Abu Dhabi air­port makes for a smooth, stream­lined tran­si­tion to the Pre­mium Lounge. If you’re head­ing to the US, you can now pre-clear US im­mi­gra­tion be­fore you board your flight. The in­flight bar

If you’re feel­ing so­cial, head to The Lobby, a bar area that sep­a­rates busi­ness and first class. The cir­cu­lar ta­bles are large enough to fit up to six peo­ple and there are am­ple op­tions for an in­flight tip­ple on the spirit, wine and cham­pagne lists. eti­had.com

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