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July 12, 2015 / oneworld82

Etihad Airways Flight Nairobi – Abu Dhabi (EY J, A320)

After a very fun last night in Nairobi (where we visited the famous yet underwhelming Carnivore restaurant – expensive and of not very good quality), and a last night at the Hilton Nairobi, it was time to go back home. My original return itinerary was a spectacular NBO-AUH-FRA-BOS-DFW on EY J/EY F/LH F/AA F. I had canceled a trip on EY F A380 in the Apartments to add the LH F segment instead of having to fly AA J, and I was ready to go.

Unfortunately, during dinner at Carnivore I started to feel sick. Tummy-ache kind of sick. After a few visits to the restroom, I thought that a night of sound sleep would restore me for this beautiful journey back home. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

After waling up and taking some medicines, pain subsided for a while, allowing me to have some food at the (very good) hotel buffet. By the way, the Hilton is very nicely located in the heart of Nairobi. It is old, but it still retains a certain charm with its round, tall tower. After our long trip back from Amboseli I had a nice massage at the hotel’s spa for only $20 – a real bargain overall.

Anyways, I had booked a taxi through the hotel that for $20 took me to the airport. The international terminal was pretty crowded, but check in took literally minutes thanks to the business class line.

After going through security I made my way to the Kenya Aiways lounge that Etihad uses here in NBO. The lounge was rather basic, but it did feature some nice hot food – although I was feeling pretty sick and spent about a hour just sleeping on a chair. What a pity I thought to myself! So much champagne to drink, and so little strenght to do it!

About 1 hour prior to departure I proceeded to the gate, where after checking my boarding pass I was admitted into a waiting room. There I waited for about 50 minutes – our inbound plane from AUH arrived, passengers deplaned, the crew cleaned the aircraft, and then we were allowed to board.

Etihad uses A320’s on its regional routes – the plane was identical to the one that took me from Almaty to Abu Dhabi last year. The Business Class cabin looks very well appointed, spacious, with large fabric seats with all the amenities you could think of for a flight under five hours. I really like Etihad’s color scheme, and overall the cabin was impressive.

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Like I mentioned, the seat had all the features you can need on such a short- and medium-haul flight: personal lights, remote controls, leg and back recliners, duvet… Some pictures to give you a better idea.

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The flight attendant offered passengers in the business class cabin a pre-departure drink, and I gladly asked for a carrot juice.

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Some more seat features and some images of the pre-take off taxiing.

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At this point I was feeling a bit better thanks to Ibuprofen, and after an on-time take off I was even able to order some food. I had opted for the vegetarian option, but the flight attendant after serving me a glass of champagne informed me that the wrong menus had been distributed, and that the only vegetarian option on board was cheese cannelloni. I thought this was odd, and so I declined to have a main dish. The flight attendant, to make amend of a mistake that was not hers, brought me an oversize mezze appetizer dish – of which I do not have photos unfortunately.

The mezze were as good as always, and after eating I fell asleep watching the regrettably-boring Interstellar. My guts started hurting again – no food would have been the best course of action – but thankfully we landed in Abu Dhabi on time and, after a short bus transfer, I was on my way to the Etihad Premium Lounge.

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