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Etihad Showcases A380 and B787 Premium Classes

Etihad Airways has unveiled the new product and service offering on its Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft, including The Residence by Etihad, the world’s most luxurious living space in a scheduled aircraft, available only on the airline’s A380.

The Residence by Etihad bedroom
The Residence by Etihad bedroom

The Residence will be the completely new forward upper-deck cabin on the A380. Accommodating single or double occupancy, it features a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower room. Guests in The Residence will also have a personal butler. With the launch of these new fleets, Etihad will also redefine and rename its cabin classes.The A380 will feature the First Apartments, which are fully private suites with a separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed, as well as a chilled mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe.Etihad has allocated the upper deck of the A380 to its premium cabins. On the B787, Etihad has designed an enhanced First Suite, adding many new features including a chilled mini-bar. The Business Studio and Economy Smart Seat will feature on the A380 and the B787. Inflight Entertainment Etihad Airways is introducing the latest Panasonic eX3 entertainment system across both fleets, providing more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming, and high-definition screens across all cabins. The system has video touchscreen handsets, offering an additional screen for guests to maximise their entertainment, so they can play games or view the moving map while watching a movie. Noise cancelling headsets are provided across all cabins, with built-in magnetic audio jacks to ensure the best sound quality. The A380 aircraft will have full mobile and wi-fi service, while the B787 will be equipped with wi-fi. James Hogan, President and Chief Executive, said: “These new living spaces will raise inflight product and service standards to their highest level yet in commercial aviation and alter air travellers’ expectations of inflight comfort and luxury forever. “Etihad Airways’ A380 and B787 will deliver the most advanced airline cabins in the industry, while meeting all weight, range and cost targets at our desired seat count. This will allow us to offer products unparalleled in quality and style, yet at competitive prices across all three cabins.”

The Residence by Etihad lounge
The Residence by Etihad lounge

The Residence by Etihad The Residence, which is certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency for single or double occupancy, offers levels of luxury and total privacy normally found only on private jets. Each Etihad Airways A380 will offer a boutique version of The Residence with different colour palettes, table marquetry and custom carpets. Guests in The Residence will have the services of a personal butler throughout their flight. These fully trained service professionals will receive specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London. Guests in The Residence will also have a dedicated VIP Travel Concierge team who will ensure every detail of their travel experience, including ground transport, cuisine, and amenities, are tailored to their requirements. First Apartments Etihad Airways will redefine First Class and set a new industry standard with the launch of the First Apartment on the A380. Nine First Apartments will be installed on the upper deck in a 1-1 configuration creating the only single aisle First Class cabin in the industry. Each First Apartment, which has a 64”-high sliding door, includes a reclining armchair and a full-length ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau. The ottoman transforms into a separate 80”-long fully flat bed. The First Apartment, which also includes a chilled mini-bar, a personal vanity unit and a swiveling TV monitor for viewing from either the seat or the bed, has a 74% larger footprint than the airline’s current First Class Suites. A fully equipped shower room is available on the A380 for exclusive use by First Class guests. First Suites On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite with many new features. The eight First Suites are in a 1-2-1 configuration along a curved aisle, another first in commercial aviation. Each completely private First Suite has a large seat and ottoman, both upholstered by Poltrona Frau, which converts into an 80.5”-long fully flat bed. On the centre seats, the armrests retract and the suites can be joined to create a ‘double’ bed. Other features include a chilled mini-bar and a 24” TV monitor. Business Studios On both the A380 and the B787, Etihad Airways will launch its new Business Studios, which provide 20% more personal space than the airline’s current Business Class seat. Configured 1-2-1 in a forward and aft ‘dovetail’, the Business Studios all have aisle access and the seat converts into a fully flat bed of up to 80.5” long. With its privacy, ample storage and surface space, the Business Studio has been designed with the diverse needs of the premium business or leisure traveller firmly in mind. The Lobby On the Airbus A380, First and Business Class guests will be able to relax in The Lobby, a serviced lounge and bar area located between the First and Business cabins. Providing a semi-circular leather sofa, a marquetry table and a large TV screen, The Lobby is designed for relaxing and socialising. The TV has a USB connection so it can be used for sharing content or it can also be set to the airline’s Live TV channels for sporting and other events. Economy Smart Seat The new Economy Smart Seat will offer an ergonomic fixed-wing headrest, giving guests a place to rest their head for added comfort and relaxation. The seat also has a lumbar support feature, allowing guests to adjust their seat comfort, and an 11” personal monitor screen, with all the IFE peripherals conveniently set into the seatback in front. The latest Panasonic eX3 personal entertainment system, of which Etihad Airways is a launch customer, is installed across all cabins. Cabin Entrances A key design objective for Etihad was to transform the boarding experience, making it more akin to stepping into the lobby of a boutique hotel. In all entry-ways in both aircraft and in all cabins, the galley equipment is concealed behind custom Arabic fretwork screens and blinds, while the trolleys are covered by elegant wood-finish doors, setting a stylish and welcoming environment for all guests. Importantly for the airline’s Muslim guests, Etihad has developed prayer areas that can be curtained off for privacy and are equipped with a real-time electronic Qibla-finder showing the exact direction of Mecca based on the aircraft’s geographical position. In the premium class boarding areas, Etihad will collaborate with cultural institutions in the UAE to exhibit artwork and artefacts in display cabinets installed throughout. Items from the Etihad Airways Boutique Duty Free catalogue will also be displayed. With the launch of these new aircraft, Etihad Airways will also update its dining equipment, amenities and soft furnishings across its entire fleet. Videos To view images and video of the new cabins, click on the following links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEhl8GyXfBY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqZZHT5dvMU www.etihadmediacentre.com


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