Etihad's First and Business Class passengers treated like royalty

Etihad's First and Business Class passengers treated like royalty

Etihad continues to rule the sky with ground-breaking features for its First and Business Class cabins. Life Inspired checked out the young airlines' hallmark service.

A warm welcome at a dedicated check-in counter marks the start of a Business Class journey with Etihad, on an evening flight from Kuala Lumpur to London.

A treat, courtesy of my sister, for my mother's 77th birthday, we board this multiple award-winning airline with great expectations.

The United Arab Emirates' national airline is famed for its rapid expansion and high standards of hospitality that have won numerous accolades, the latest of which is the CAPA Airline of the Year, a prominent aviation industry recognition for leadership.

And still the Abu Dhabi based airlines continues surprising its loyal guests with innovative features.

With priority boarding and access to fast-track security lanes, no queues are necessary.

We're swiftly ushered to our seats by a friendly Malaysian cabin manager named Michelle, who takes note of my mother's dietary needs, alongside a dedicated F&B manager serving on-board.

Champagne and wine are poured as guests board. From Champagne Besserat De Bellefon to the premium G.H. Mumm's Cuvée R. Lalou on some flights, Etihad's bubbles beat many other airline menus.

We're flying on Etihad's second-generation cabins that are comfortable and stylish, and fitted in an elegant brown, black and beige palette reminiscent of desert dunes.

A staggered configuration affords plenty of personal space and legroom.

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