I just got back from a trip to the Etihad and I was lucky enough to have a business class menu. I had already been to Bali a few times and was excited to go back to the island.
Business class is a premium service that costs $1000++ per person, which is only one-tenth of what a regular cab ride to the airport costs. Etihad makes the most of that extra cost by offering a wide variety of business class fares for the entire country. We were lucky enough to get on a flight to the island that night, but we did some research on the Internet before we flew, because Etihad does not offer business-class fares for the rest of the country.
Etihad’s business class is the most expensive and most attractive of its kind. It’s so expensive that it can’t even find the price it needs on the flight, so it makes a great deal of difference in the price of things like the flight.
They do offer some business class on the island, and they do offer business class on the island. But they do not offer business class anywhere else, except for the airport, and that is only available to non-Etihad members. So if you are a Etihad member and looking to fly somewhere else, you are out of luck.
As a non-Etihad member, a great deal of that “priceless” is because they are not allowed to offer business class anywhere else. For example, here in the U.S., the airport only offers business class if you have a full Etihad package that includes flights in the first class cabin, lounge access, a premium lounge, and the business class lounge.
So it’s only the other way around that Etihad members can fly business class. It’s not free. So if you are a non-Etihad member who wants to fly business class, you are out of luck.
Some might say that business class is the same as economy class, but that is not the case. Because unlike economy class, business class is actually a step up in price. It is not like the prices of economy and business class are the same, but Etihad does charge a premium for business class.
Business class is a step up from economy class only in the sense that Etihad charges a higher rate for business class than for economy class. The only difference is that business class is non-air-conditioned, non-extended-service, and has less leg room. Its all about a lot of leg room though, so I guess a lot of people would say that business class is the same as economy.
Etihad does have a set of “business class lounge” seats (aka “gates”) that are available for purchase from various travel agencies. They are available to all passengers, and are in a separate section of the aircraft. Etihad also has a lounge on the airplane (“Onboard Lounge”), which is more like a room with a couch and a TV. It’s available to all passengers and has a separate entrance.
Etihad business class lounge seats are often a bit of a stretch for some people. They often have quite high armrests and the seat is a bit too close for some people.