Friday, August 27, 2010


One of the more exotic carriers out of Stockholm Arlanda Airport is Ethiopian. 4 times a week they fly a Boeing 757 nonstop to Rome and from there it continues to Addis Ababa. Their business class comes at an incredible value so how good is the product?

On boarding the gracious flight attendants served welcome drinks. We settled for Champagne. The flight attendants were genuinely friendly and service minded. One hostesses was dressed in a gorgeous white long dress and the rest had dark green more traditional hostess suits.

First impressions while boarding were frinedly crew, spacious business class seat with huge leg room but also the cabin felt very old and tired. Once we got past that we thouroughly enjoyed this flight. Surprisingly it was probably one of the most enjoyable flights we have ever been on. And for being a flight within Europe the service concept was more than generous and I dare to promise that no other airline would offer such an ambitious service concept on a European flight.

A view of the old but very comfortable seat with massive amount of leg room. It felt like we had our own little living room on the plane. The seat is definitely old school and not up to modern standards but it was comfy and more than adequate for the short 3 hour flight to Rome. For a long haul flight the seat might be a tad too outdated.

Ok, so here we go. A full five course meal service on our way to rome. Welcome drink, salad, starter, hot main course (3 choices), cheese/ fruits / crackers and then dessert and finally Tea and coffee with Petit Fours.

The starter: gravad lax and Skagenröra (shrimp cocktail in mayo). A seasonal sallad and bread.

The main course was one of the best meals ever had on a plane. A perfectly cooked Tournedos with asparagus, potatoes and sauce Béarnaise.

A selection of fresh fruits and cheese from the elegant trolly service. Plus some huge chocolate Petit Fours.

Then dessert along with some Champagne.
To say the least we left the plane stuffed with delicious food and great memories from a flight crew that made this shorthaul flight exceed many of our langhaul business class experiences.

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