Etihad Airways passengers will soon be able to enjoy the premium service of the airline’s new accommodation options.
The Residence will be available on the airline’s A380s from December with the first flight from Abu Dhabi to London.
The new 787 accommodation options – “First Suite”, “Business Studio” and Economy Smart Seats will be available on the a flight from Abu Dhabi to Dusseldorf on 1 December 2014.
On the airline’s A380 planes, The Residence will be a forward upper deck cabin with a single or double occupancy room, a living room, separate double bedroom and ensuite shower room and guests in The Residence will also have a personal butler.
The A380 planes will also feature the new “First Apartment” product in their upper decks, with a separate reclining lounge seat and full length bed, mini-bar, personal vanity and wardrobe.
For the Boeing 787, the airline has revealed the “First Suite”, adding new features including a chilled mini-bar.
Each suite will have large ottoman and seat upholstered by Poltrona Frau.
Both planes will also include larger Business Studios for corporates and business people and the 787s will have a new Economy Smart Seat with lumbar massage options and a 11 inch personal screen monitor.
Etihad is also introducing a new Panasonic eX3 entertainment system across both fleets, with 750 hours of on-demand entertainment, and improved gaming experience and HD screens.
The A380s will also have a full Wi-Fi and mobile service and the Boeing 747 Dreamliners will have a Wi-Fi service.
Etihad Airways chief executive officer James Hogan said that The Residence product will change customers expectations of in-flight service.
“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,” Mr Hogan said.
“This will allow us to offer products unparalleled in quality and style, yet at competitive prices across all three cabins.”
Etihad created its own Design Consortium for the design of the new accommodation products and held market research sessions in Abu Dhabi, Sydney, London and New York.