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First time in EY F (AUH-LHR), best way to maximise?

First time in EY F (AUH-LHR), best way to maximise?

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Old Feb 28, 18, 3:25 am
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First time in EY F (AUH-LHR), best way to maximise?

Hi all, newbie looking for a bit of advice. So I've finally managed to scrape enough miles together for a one way trip in first from AUH to LHR. It's not often that I can fly in a cabin above economy so I want to make sure I'm getting the best experience. I know on other airlines service/food can vary significantly depending on the time of day you depart (e.g. heard SQ is like this?), so any recommendations on which timing would be best out of AUH? I heard that EY have cut pyjamas from departures before 8pm as well. As someone who never gets to fly first or biz the pyjamas would be a nice souvenir but I'll forego that if the food is much better on day flights. Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 28, 18, 8:08 pm
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The afternoon flight without a doubt.
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Old Mar 1, 18, 4:55 am
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Cheers Erik. What's the main reasoning behind that?
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Old Mar 1, 18, 11:00 am
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This has been discussed many time so do some research.

In short: The airport and lounges are a zoo late at night. Much more civilized in the morning and early afternoon. Flight time is good and you will get a good night's sleep in London on arrival. The day flight allows you to enjoy the service. Buy your own PJs or email beforehand and ask whether they can stock a pair (they might).
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Old Mar 4, 18, 1:25 am
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Any idea what champagne is being served currently on the AUH-LHR route in F cabin?
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Old Mar 5, 18, 6:45 am
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Any idea what champagne is being served currently on the AUH-LHR route in F cabin?
By the time you fly it will have changed to whatever there is a glut of on the market
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Old Mar 5, 18, 7:47 am
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Originally Posted by Dogmatick View Post
By the time you fly it will have changed to whatever there is a glut of on the market
Why I am getting the impression, when reading your post, that Etihad champagne onbaord is quite cheap!?
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Old Mar 5, 18, 7:56 am
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Originally Posted by NA-Flyer View Post
Why I am getting the impression, when reading your post, that Etihad champagne onbaord is quite cheap!?
Because it is
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Old Mar 5, 18, 8:58 am
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I'm not entirely certain the cuts have reached F Champagne... yet. I may be wrong, and no doubt the brain trust here will chip in if I'm mistaken.

Last time I flew F (July 2017) there was Billecart-Salmon 2007 and NV Rose on offer, however that could have changed by now. Anything seems possible under the current EY leadership team...

However in Business there has been a "sea change" and relatively speaking it is. Cuts by EY management have changed the brand to Piper Heidsieck and reduced the quality a little, however it is still a decent brand and comparable with the Billecart previously offered in most people's opinion. Now we're not talking Tesco or Aldi brands here but it's no longer Billecart in Business.

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Why I am getting the impression, when reading your post, that Etihad champagne onbaord is quite cheap!?
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Old Mar 5, 18, 9:10 am
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The champagne is charles heidsieck 2006 right now in F.
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Old Mar 5, 18, 1:35 pm
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Although quite drinkable, not exactly the cream of the crop. Price also shows they are economising, as not one of the more expensive ones either, but that generally applies to their wine offering in F, which IMHO is on the poot side for that cabin. Flying the sector later this week and will give it a miss ;-)

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Old Mar 6, 18, 2:07 pm
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You will thoroughly enjoy the EY F service ex AUH. It has been over a year since I was there and there have been many changes but I imagine that the lounge is still worth arriving a little early for. The wife and I had an excellence flight, however the pyjamas were about the only thing we were disappointing in.

Enjoy your flight, it was one of our more memorable ones!
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Old Mar 6, 18, 2:10 pm
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Originally Posted by DatBoi View Post
The champagne is charles heidsieck 2006 right now in F.
Pretty sure that was what was on offer in the F lounge too.

I am no expert or regular champagne consumer, but I know what I don't like and this was very much acceptable.
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Old Mar 11, 18, 3:41 pm
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How is the food these days on EY F? When I flew the Apartments in a few years ago it wasn't all that great. I can only imagine that they've further reduced it.
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Old Mar 13, 18, 3:40 am
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Also interested to know the answer to this - have an F flight CDG --> SYD in June.
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