Back in December 2017 Etihad embarked on yet another "let's try to stop losing money" venture when it began offering its amenity kits for sale to all and sundry. At the same time the airline also started to offer a limited number of food and drink items for sale in the Economy Class cabin in addition to the complimentary items already offered - now that "buy onboard" range has been expanded.
It wasn't all that long ago that Etihad was truly one of the best airlines you could fly and I loved redeeming AAdvantage Miles for travel in the airlines' A380 Business Class cabin. Sadly things are a bit different now.
A roundup of some of the news I've noticed over the past 48 hours including details of Emirates' new flights to Chile, news that Starbucks is going down a path that I don't understand and news that Etihad is apparently so desperate for cash that it's cutting another premium cabin benefit.
A roundup of some of the news I’ve noticed over the past few days which didn’t really merit a whole post of their own but that may well be of interest. Includes news that Etihad is now selling premium cabin amenities in Economy Class, details of Asiana's latest new routes to Europe and how to access the "secret" champagne at the new Qantas lounge in London.
A round-up of some of the latest news items that didn't really warrant a whole article each but that could be of interest nonetheless. Includes details of a n improvement in the Etihad offering to Switzerland, news of the latest hotel opening in Sydney and details of Air France's new route to Kenya.
Etihad has launched a new Business Class sale out of various European cities and, after quick search to see what's on offer, it looks like the more interesting fares are for departures out of Amsterdam and a number of UK cities.
The Big 3 Middle Eastern carriers have been showing increasing signs of fragility over the past few months with various cost cutting measures that have, up until now, not been something we've associated with Etihad, Emirates or Qatar Airways. Amongst these measures have been a number of service reductions on various routes flown to the US by the ME3 and Etihad has just scheduled the latest such service cut for winter 2017/18.
Etihad is currently sending out emails to its Etihad Guest rewards program members with a subject line to worry any seasoned miles and points enthusiast. No one who's been around this hobby for any length of time likes to receive an email from a rewards program where the subject line reads "An update to your programme benefits" - they're almost always bad news.
Under the innocuous heading of "Etihad Airways introduces new changes to ground and inflight services" the airline has put out a press release announcing that it is to stop offering a complimentary chauffeur service to passengers booked into First and Business Class at all of its world wide destinations. The one exception to this will be Etihad's home base of Abu Dhabi.
Etihad is running an Economy & Business Class fare sale out of the UK and while the fares aren't exactly staggeringly fantastic there's definitely value to be had on certain routes. These Economy Class fares will probably have a pretty broad appeal while the Business Class fares will appeal most if you're a UK-based traveler for whom flying out of other European countries just to get the lower Business Class fares isn't really an option.