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Etihad is now flying the A350, with the new business class seat, from London

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Back in April, Etihad finally unveiled its A350 fleet. It had been sitting in storage since 2019.

A major restructuring meant that the airline had far more aircraft than it needed as it moved from trying to compete with Emirates and Qatar Airways to become a mid-size ’boutique’ airline.

In the meantime, it has been restructuring its fleet and was ready to bring the five A350s it had mothballed into service.

It’s not just the planes that are new – Etihad also unveiled a brand new ‘Business Studio’ business class seat. Anyone who has recently flown BA’s Club Suite will find it uncannily similar, albeit with Etihad’s choice of colour scheme and fabrics and a higher level of finish.

The good news is that these aircraft are now flying regularly to London, following a Summer of proving and training flights to regional destinations. The first scheduled A350 flights from London took off late last month.

The flights also feature as part of Etihad’s ‘Sustainability50’ programme, a testbed for more sustainable on board products.

If you’re keen to try it out, Etihad is flying the A350 on EY12 from Heathrow, which departs at 9:30am. Business class fares start from £2,013 on the Etihad website.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (April 2024)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

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