Etihad: Route Abu Dhabi – Sydney

Arabic baklava or baked cookies and madeleines – it’s a toss-up as I press my call button for a sweet treat while watching a movie cocooned in my business ’studio’.

The baklava is excellent, as is dinner – Malabar grouper served with warm lentils and quinoa, green beans and capers, followed by sticky toffee pudding and butterscotch sauce.

But it’s not only the anytime dining and slick service that starts at check-in and the chic departure lounge that gets a big tick from me. What’s really impressive is the studio design – there’s a place for everything with compartments and two large storage bins for hand luggage and shoes, two USB ports and power points.

Later I binge on a TV mini-series on the impressive entertainment system that offers more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment. Paid Wi-Fi is also available.

The hardest thing is staying awake: as the fully flat bed extends I snuggle under the cosy duvet, adjusting the inbuilt massage and pneumatic cushion control system until it’s perfect. The configuration of 1-2-1 provides unimpeded aisle access so fellow flyers aren’t disturbed as I venture to the lounge with its comfortable seats and order a drink with a friend.

The brightly patterned Lux amenity bag features an eye mask, socks, toiletries by Scaramouche & Fandango and a Luxe guide that inspires me to fly to New York in the next year or so – with Etihad, of course.

The verdict: Absolutely brilliant on all levels.

Etihad Abu Dhabi Sydney EY450