May 05, 2014

With Etihad You Can Lounge and Have Your Butler

Etihad, the Abu Dhabi-based national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has created the closest thing to having you own private jet on its commercial flights. It’s called ‘The Residence’ – a 11.6-square-metres (125ft sq) 3-room upper-deck cabin on Etihad A380s with a living room, separate double bedroom (1.2m wide), ensuite shower room and personal butler, trained at London’s Savoy Butler Academy, as well as a travel concierge on hand, plus a chef to cook whatever passengers fancy. the_residence_bed Etihad has also upped the ante in first class on A380s, with new private suites, ‘First Apartment’, 74% larger that its existing suites, with Poltrona Frau leather reclining armchair and 203cm-long ottoman that transforms into a flat bed, swivelling 86cm TV, mini-bar, personal vanity unit and wardrobe, all behind a 162cm-high sliding door.
First Class also has a shower room and Etihad A380s have mobile and Wi-fi access. While Australia won’t see the A380 until June 2015, if you’re keen to try the service between Abu Dhabi and London, expect to pay around USD $20,000 for the pleasure, whether it’s one or two passengers. the_lobby
The airline is also upgrading to Panasonic eX3 entertainment systems with 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, improved gaming and video touchscreen handsets. There’s also USB connection to the TV, so you can plug in and watch your own stuff, plus live channels too. the_residence_lounge If you find yourself stuck back in business class, you just might survive the ordeal in the new studio space.
This post originally appeared on Business Insider Australia.





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