Despite what some may think, the newer Ethiopian Airlines business class seats on the Boeing 787s and A350s are actually modern, clean and fresh.
Set in a 2-2-2 configuration, Ethiopian Airlines business class, known as CloudNine, offers a herringbone design with a seat width of 22 inches and a length of 78 inches when converted into a fully-flat bed. Each seat is equipped with a 15.4-inch HD touchscreen featuring an excellent variety of films and shows, both old and new, and can be controlled with the accompanying remote located on the side of the seat. With the remote, you can control other parts of your seat such as turning the light on/off, sending messages, maneuvering the map on the screen, and even playing games.
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The Ethiopian Airlines business class seat does have an ottoman for you to place your feet on when lying fully-flat, and although it’s larger than the older Ethiopian business class seats, these ottomans are smaller than those found on other airlines. Other features include USB and AC ports behind the headrest, two side tables (one can be an armrest and a table), and an open space that has raised edges next to your personal light to place any loose items. There is not a lot of other storage options around the seat except for a backpack, small bag, or shoes that can be placed underneath the ottoman.
The one major downside is that there is not much privacy between the seats when sitting in the upright position, but it isn’t too bad when lying fully-flat. Unfortunately, the linens are not as luxurious as other airlines, but you do receive a full-sized pillow and a large duvet to keep you warm.
When it comes down to the amenities, Ethiopian Airlines business class offers a standard amenity kit with all the basics including toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, earplugs, eye mask, pen, hairbrush and lip balm. The toiletries come in a zipper bag with a metal hook that you can hang in a restroom or anywhere else the hook can latch on to.
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And the food? Although the airline falls short when it comes to the kit, the food doesn’t. Last year, Ethiopian Airlines won Africa’s Outstanding Food Services by a Carrier Award, voted by the readers of PAX International. Business class passengers are offered several multi-course meals which vary depending on the route but can include options such as marinated octopus with marinated vegetables, grilled beef tenderloin, conchiglie with tomato sauce, lamb with vegetables and fusilli with meat sauce. To complete the meal, the airline offers a wide variety of liquors, champagne and wine, both international and regional, plus delicious Ethiopian coffee and tea.
With Ethiopian Airlines being a certified 4-star airline by Skytrax, the service doesn’t fall short either. Staff are attentive, friendly, and are always making sure you’re comfortable throughout the flight. So if you’re considering flying to Africa from Europe, Asia or India, choosing a business class seat on Ethiopian Airlines is a choice you will not regret.