Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates based in Abu Dhabi, has unveiled new product and service offerings on its Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft, including “The Residence” by Etihad, an apartment-style living space in the air, available on the A380.
With the launch of these new fleets, the airline will also redefine and rename its cabin classes. The A380, for example, will feature the “First Apartments,” which are fully private suites with a separate reclining lounge seat and full-length bed.
Other services offered by the fleet include full mobile coverage and Wi-Fi on the A380 aircraft, while the B787 will also feature Wi-Fi.
The Residence will be the new forward upper-deck cabin on the A380. Accommodating single or double occupancy, it features a living room, separate double bedroom and en suite shower room. Certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency for single or double occupancy, The Residence 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 color palettes, table marquetry and custom carpets.
Guests of The Residence will have the services of a personal butler throughout their flight. These fully trained service professionals receive specialist training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London.
Etihad Airways has also reworked its first-class amenities with the launch of “First Apartment,” which includes a 64-inch high sliding door, a reclining armchair and a full-length ottoman. The ottoman transforms into a separate 80-inch-long, fully flat bed.
The First Apartment, which also includes unique features such as a chilled minibar, a personal vanity unit and a swiveling TV monitor for viewing from either the seat or the bed, has a 74 percent larger footprint than the airline’s current award-winning First Class Suites.
A fully equipped shower room is available on the A380 for exclusive use by First Class guests.
Etihad also announced updates to its First Suites and Business Studios.
On the B787, Etihad Airways has designed an enhanced First Suite, which includes a large seat and ottoman that converts into an 80.5-inch-long, fully flat bed. On the center seats, armrests retract and join the suites to create a double bed. Other features include a chilled minibar and a 24-inch TV monitor.
In business class, Etihad Airways will launch its new Business Studios, which provide 20 percent more personal space than the airline’s current business class seat.