Emirates vs Etihad
Should I choose Emirates or Etihad?
The two UAE owned airlines are renowned for their onboard facilities especially the legroom, recline and in-flight entertainment (IFE). With innovative premium cabins most can only dream of travelling in; including private suites and even a butler service on Etihad’s Residence class – they are leading the way for premium and business travel.
With both airlines flying similar routes with hubs in the UAE; Emirates in Dubai and Etihad in Abu Dhabi, there is only a short distance between the 2 cities, allowing passengers to choose the airline which best fits their price and schedule.
However, if it’s all very similar, who do you choose? Is there really much difference in terms of their economy product? Below is my Etihad vs Emirates economy class review.
Etihad vs Emirates – Etihad A380 and Emirates A380 cabin Images copyright Etihad and Emirates
Emirates economy vs Etihad economy at a glance.[table “5nbspresponsivescroll” not found /]
In Flight Service
In flight service wise, the Middle Eastern airlines dominate with little touches in economy such as menus, amenity packs, and headphones (noise reduction for Emirates and noise cancellations headphones with Etihad)
Etihad offers an innovative ‘Economy Smart Seat’ on its newer long haul planes including the A380, with a ‘fixed wing’ headrest on each seat. Furthermore, a selection of three main courses at meal times, along with a café service featuring hot chocolates and cappuccinos are offered.
Both airlines offer economy passengers free coach services to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain when arriving to, or departing from, Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Both airlines offer free airport strollers for transit and disembarking passengers at their hub airports.
Baggage Etihad vs Emirates Economy
Baggage Allowance – Emirates Economy
- Saver fares are 20 kg and all other 30kg. The weight concept applies to all routes, excluding travel to or from destinations in Canada, North America and South America.
- If your journey includes any destinations in Canada, North America or South America, or you are flying from Africa, different baggage rules apply. The total dimensions (length + width + height) of each piece must not exceed 150cm (59 inches).
Emirates Cabin Baggage
- As a general rule Emirates Economy Class customers are permitted one (1) piece of carry-on baggage that should not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm) and must weigh no more than 7kg (15lb).
- Customers in any class of service who are travelling with an infant are permitted one extra piece of checked-in baggage that may not exceed 22 x 15 x 8 inches (55 x 38 x 20cm) in size or 22lb (10kg) where the weight concept applies and 50lb (23kg) where the piece concept applies.
If flying with a baby:
- In addition, customers travelling with infants (and without a child seat) are permitted to bring one carry-cot or one fully collapsible stroller into the cabin if there is room. If there is no space for these items in the cabin, they will have to be checked. However, if checked, they will not count against your baggage allowance. Passengers travelling with infants in any class are also permitted one (1) handbag for inflight necessities and infant food (weight must not exceed 5 kg/11lb)
- Emirates also provide separate family check-in desks for families travelling with young children.
Baggage Allowance – Etihad Economy
- Maximum dimensions – to / from Canada and the US: 158cm (50x70x38)
- Maximum dimensions – to / from all other destinations: 207cm (45x72x90)
- The weight of each item must not exceed 32kg. Any item in excess of 32kg will not be accepted for carriage.
If flying with a baby:
- To/from USA and Canada: 1 bag (up to 23kg)
- To/from all other destinations: up to 10kg
Guests travelling with infants or children up to 11 years old are permitted to check in one stroller, pushchair, carrycot or approved car seat per infant/child as checked baggage. This is free of charge in addition to the ticketed checked baggage allowance.
Etihad cabin baggage
115cm (50+40+25), equivalent to 45 linear inches. In addition to your cabin baggage, you may carry one personal item.