An innovative airline
We’re talking Etihad Airways. The national airline of the United Arab Emirates is not always on everyone’s radar, but it should be. In addition to flying to most major cities in the world via Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways offers a host of little extras, such as a generous baggage allowance of 23kg, a 28cm personal TV screen, 48cm-wide seats and USB and power points at every seat. And that’s in economy class. They’ve just upped the number of their weekly flights from Johannesburg to 10 until the end of September to cater to the demand during high season. Even more exciting is the announcement that the exclusive Dreamliner 787 will start flying from South Africa in November, bringing superior levels of comfort, entertainment and in-flight connectivity with it. The Dreamliner’s Business Studios have been making headlines since they were introduced. Think 28 mini on-board hotel rooms with loads of personal space, the option to adjust the firmness of your seat to your liking, an a la carte menu (from which you can order any time) and a fully flat bed of 204cm with complimentary loungewear and a do-not-disturb button. Travelling with small children? Etihad’s in-flight nannies look after all kids older than a week. They will prepare little fliers for bed and keep them entertained with arts and crafts, hand puppetry, origami and even face painting and magic tricks. We're not at all surprised then that Etihad Airways was voted Airline of the Year 2016 by the prestigious Air Transport World (ATW). This post is sponsored by Etihad Airways.