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Etihad Airways

About Etihad Business Class To The UK & Europe

Etihad Airways Business Class flights to the UK and Europe depart from Australia so for New Zealand travellers, trans-Tasman flights are included on Air New Zealand or Virgin Australia.

From Sydney, Etihad operates a new A380 daily and a Boeing 777 four times per week. A new Dreamliner operates on the Brisbane route with Boeing 777’s twice daily from Melbourne.  

As a Business class passenger you are offered a free night’s accommodation (in each direction) in Abu Dhabi at a 5-star hotel should you choose to stop. You have a choice as to your hotel rather than having this solely determined by the airline.  This is booked in advance. Additional nights and sightseeing tours can also be booked at very competitive rates.

Why Choose Etihad Airways

  • Etihad is a premium airline with one of the most modern fleets in the world
  • Flights to Europe from New Zealand are via Australia and Abu Dhabi.
    • Flight time to Europe (London) from Sydney is approximately 25 hours
    • Business and First Class passengers enjoy complimentary 5-star stopovers in Abu Dhabi
  • Etihad offers an extensive network in the Middle East & Africa with more than 85 destinations included in the fare to Europe.
  • Etihad has been named “The World’s Leading Airline” for the last 6 consecutive years at the World Travel Awards.

Etihad is an Air New Zealand Airpoints member (no status points accrue).


Experience Business Class

All Etihad business class seats are fully flat with aisle access from every seat.  The A380 and Dreamliner are fitted with Etihad’s new Business Studio. Etihad offers full-size pillow, mattress and comforter as well as pyjamas.  Business Class passengers can dine any time onboard by ordering from an a la carte menu.

Secure Specials with Fine Travel

At Fine Travel we work closely with Etihad to secure the latest Business Class discounts to the UK and Europe for our clients.  Through a direct relationship with Etihad’s New Zealand based team we can:

  • Save our clients time by investigating travel dates that meet their needs and fit with discounts available.

  • Provide comprehensive itineraries that can be held before payment is required (when compared with the instant purchase option online).

Should you require any date changes, special requests (such as allowances for allergies) or a stopover, we can also arrange these for you, saving time working with Etihad’s call centre.

The Etihad Network

From its base of Abu Dhabi, Etihad offers direct services to a range of airports in the UK and Europe.  The complimentary 5 Star stopover extended to First and Business Class passengers provide an even greater experience when connecting to an onward journey.


Popular Etihad UK destinations include London, Manchester and Edinburgh.  For Europe, Etihad flies to Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Netherlands, Latvia, Switzerland, Serbia, Belarus, France, Turkey, Russia, Belgium and Ireland.

The Etihad Residence

The Residence offers the only 3 room apartment (living area, bedroom, bathroom) in the skies and comes with a Concierge and Savoy Hotel trained butler as well as a personal chef.  It takes a maximum of 2 people.

The Residence is at the front of the A380 – top deck and available between Sydney, Abu Dhabi and London.  It is available daily in the evening from Sydney to Abu Dhabi and twice daily between Abu Dhabi and London.

First Class

Etihad offers the new, award-winning first class product.  The 777 and Dreamliner are fitted with first class suites while the A380 offers the First Class Apartment.  There is more than enough room for a companion to join the guest for dinner while the apartment is capable of hosting one or two more extras for a meeting. Apartments and Suites may be interconnected for couples.

Finding Discounted Etihad Business Class Airfares

For its Business Class airfares to the UK / Europe, Etihad releases specific fare classes which must be available on all flights to secure the cheapest Business Class airfare, as well as connecting across the Tasman with a partner airline.  Through our experience selling Etihad Airways, our comprehensive reservations system, we work with our clients to find the dates that the discounted Business Class airfares are available and help them integrate their Etihad flights into their itinerary.