This was the first of three consecutive flights from Aberdeen to Sydney via Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi, with KLM and Etihad on a code share. Normally there is no point in flying business class on any airline within Europe, as most of the flights are too short to offer any real benefit. But I was in business class as the rest of my flights were also in C-class. In fact, just three of us had the undivided attention of the purser for the 70 minute flight.
This is an 06.00 departure so a cold breakfast - yoghurt, cold meats and cheese and warm rolls - were served, and newspapers were available. That's it. The 737-700 was barely up to cruising altitude of 40,000 feet and it was descending towards Schiphol. But being one of a select small group, being called by name, and having an interest shown by the purser in my overall itinerary all helped make me feel 'special'. What more could one want?