At the end of my Far East trip, I was looking forward to being back in the UK for my 29 March birthday. On my last Etihad Airways A380 flight I was in a First Class Apartment and wondered what Business Class to London would be like instead.
Etihad Airways Business Class flight from Abu Dhabi to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam - January 2016
After an 8 hour night wait (from just before midnight until 7:35am) in the Etihad Airways Premium Lounges at Abu Dhabi International Airport, I desperately needed my bed on the plane.
From all the people trying to sleep in the Premium Lounge at Abu Dhabi when I first arrived, Etihad Airways (unlike Qatar Airways) have difficulty scheduling fast connections for their numerous transit customers.
Club World (Business Class) Flight with British Airways from New York JFK to London Heathrow - January 2016
The drive from Manhattan to JFK never seems easy these days.
At JFK the Club World check-in at British Airways Terminal 7 is in a separate area with no queues.
I got a taxi to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport for a third time on this trip. It was a ‘TB free’ taxi but I am not sure that justified the 600 Baht charged this time. At check in there was a teddy bear on the counter, which ‘we’ took as a good omen.
Si Frew has lived in the UK, Bermuda, Qatar, Cyprus & the Cayman Islands. During this time he met Whoopi Goldberg (in Claridge's), Mike Tyson (in the Concorde Lounge at JFK) , Gordon Ramsay (in the Doha Four Seasons), Chris Eubanks (in The Dorchester), Cherie Blair (in Bermuda & again in the Doha Four Seasons) etc. There are funny stories attached to all these interactions, feel free to ask Si about them when you meet him.