Hi everyone. Hoping to get some advice from the Point Hacks community regarding a flight I have recently booked for myself and future wife for our honeymoon next year.
I recently booked a business class reward seat flying Etihad Melb-Abu Dhabi in August 2020 (Flight EY461). When I booked the flight Etihad were flying the Boeing 789’s on both flights flying out of Melbourne of a weekday. I preferred EY461 as we have a connecting flight in Abu-Dhabi at 11.00am and this flight would arrive with a comfortable, but not too long, layover. I also considered the flight out of Sydney (EY455) but decided to stick with the Melbourne flight for ease of travel. This decision was made on the basis that the 789 was being flown on the EY461 flight.
While doing my research prior to booking, I noticed in October Etihad begun flying the Boeing 777-300er’s for the EY461 flight. When I queried this with Etihad I was told this would be temporary and the 789 would be back in service on this route by the end of October. The 789’s returned to service by the end of October as advised and I booked my flight with the itinerary confirming the 789 was being flown.
The 789’s continued on this route throughout November however, it appears recently Etihad have been flying both the 777-300er with the 789s on the EY461 flight. Etihad have also issued me with a new ticket last week with an updated departure time which also confirmed the aircraft change to a 777-300er.
Having queried Etihad (again) and not receiving any answers and no information regarding the above changes on the internet, I am hoping the Point Hacks community can provide some advice on the following:
- Has anyone got any information on why Etihad are flying the 777-300er on this route and if they intend to return the 789s back to service for the EY461 route?
- Have Etihad recently retrofitted the Boeing 777-300er business class cabins with the newer seat (i.e. similar to that in the A380 & 789 cabins)? If so, the aircraft change is probably not a deal breaker given the product being provided.
- If no to the above, what would be your advice given that I would be flying in the older Etihad business class cabin which, in my opinion, is inferior to what they have available on the 789’s & A380’s.
Appreciate any feedback!