One hears about the Middle Eastern Airlines and how they are rewriting the book on service. I flew Etihad Syd to Cairo and returned via Athens. The lie flat set / bed was well... flat but it was a little tight around my shoulders (I am very average in build). To sit backwards i.e. facing the rear of the plane was initially unusual but was felt okay. The meals served were overall well presented. The service was good but I do feel it is over-rated. The entertainment / movies selection available was quite poor.
On return from Athens at Check-in I was charged USD260 for an extra cabin bag for check-in. I was annoyed since the reason why we travel business class is to mitigate these small issues. I went and purchased a suitcase and finally checked in two pieces without penalty.
Etihad offers a free one night stop-over in Abu Dhabi for Business Class which is very much welcomed. I stayed three nights and thoroughly enjoyed it.