Airline review: Emirates vs Etihad vs Qatar

We all know that the Middle Eastern airlines are some of the best in the world. The standard of service is always high no matter which one you fly with and the locations are a great place for a layover when flying on a long-haul place.

The three main airlines Emirates, Etihad and Qatar are all within the top 5 airlines in the world. Simply because of the service they all provide.

From economy to first class, every customer is treated exceptionally. The food, entertainment and comfort are all thought out to the tiniest detail. From a hot towel upon boarding to the free bar, and that’s just in economy, imagine the service you would get in business class or first class.

I have flown on all 3 of these world-class airlines and each one has their own characteristics that make them different to each other.

Let’s start with;

Emirates

Based in Dubai, Emirates is a high-class well-established airline and probably the most popular in the world. They fly to over 140 destinations and offer a fantastic service. Having been lucky enough to fly to Asia several times with Emirates, I feel I can give a good insight into what flying economy is like (unfortunately, I haven’t had to opportunity to fly business or first class yet, but I can dream). They offer a very nice 30kg luggage allowance, free food and drinks during your flight. The food isn’t what you imagine when you think of aeroplane food, it’s actually very good quality and very tasteful. The meal will also be in the theme to the local cuisine as your destination. You also get silver wear to eat from instead of a plastic knife and fork which is just useless and bad for the environment. Alongside that, they come round with drinks, anything you would like, wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, and hot drinks and it’s all free. Emirates mainly offer long haul flights, so entertainment is essential and the onboard entertainment that Emirates offers is amazing, from new movies to classic ones, Disney movies to movies from different countries, Tv series to live sports. It has everything you could want for the long gruelling hours ahead. To make your journey a little more comfortable, they also offer pillows and blankets if you want to try and get some sleep. Wifi is available on board but at a price. I think Emirates will always be up there with one of my favourite airlines to fly long haul with. That much of a favourite, I joined there Skywards where you can collect mile to use in the future.

Etihad

I flew recently with Etihad for the first time to Thailand from Manchester stopping off in Abu Dhabi, the home base. I must confess that my experience was amazing. The staff were extremely welcoming and when I got to my seat I found that I had a blanket, pillow, and in flight-bag which included a complimentary eye mask, travel socks, ear plugs and toothpaste and a mini toothbrush. Which certainly made me the happiest person. Everybody loves a freebie.  There was also a complimentary bar and free food included in the ticket price. Let’s talk about the food, in my honest opinion it was OK, nothing special though but they did also offer a hot snack to everybody a couple of hours before landing. So you were never hungry at any point. Entertainment was also good and was very diverse in the fact that they had a good collection of movies from different cultures. Wifi is available on board at an additional cost. Overall it was a great flight everything went smoothly and the service was amazing.

Qatar

I flew with Qatar back from Thailand to Manchester via Doha. Having heard some great things about this airline, I was excited to find a ‘cheap’ flight on Skyscanner, so without hesitation I booked. I am glad I did because it really did live up to all the expectations.  The flight was very comfortable, free food and meals. The food was very tasty and you got a lot on your tray, salad, a hot meal (same as your destinations cuisine) dessert, fruit, cheese and crackers. Very high quality. The entertainment was amazing, 100’s of movies, TV series, music and games to entertain you. There’s also onboard wifi but at a cost. On the new Qatar airlines planes, it seems that the windows are tinted blue and instead of the classic 10 seat rows, they have made it their planes into 9 seat rows resulting in more space.  Wifi is available but at an additional cost. An airline that I would totally recommend to anyone, I will be looking into flying with them again in the future.

Have you flown with any other the Middle Eastern Airlines? What do you think?

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