Mideast airline Etihad offers luxury suites
Mideast airline Etihad offers luxury suites

Mideast airline Etihad offers luxury suites

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled a luxury class upper-deck accommodation to make travelers feel they are in their own home on its Airbus A380.

Dubbed as “The Residence by Etihad, the most luxurious living space in the air”, is among the new product and service offerings on its Airbus A380 and Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft. The Residence will be the breath-taking and completely new forward upper-deck cabin on the A380.

The special luxury package is expected to cost three to four times as much as a normal first-class ticket – around £12,500 for a one-way ticket from Abu Dhabi to London.

The carrier announced the package as part of a broader rollout of new “cabin” deals for its long-haul jets, which allow passengers to buy rooms rather than seats on its flights. It is the latest in a series of offers aimed at securing its reputation at the very top end of the market.

James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad, said he believed there was demand for such luxury deals. “This is a top-end market. There is demand here,” he said at the launch event in Abu Dhabi.

“Maybe European airlines don’t make money on first [class] but we do, and we wouldn’t have devised this product if we didn’t believe we could make a return.”

Etihad is one of three rapidly expanding, government-backed carriers based in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain (the others are Emirates and Gulf Air). Since it began operating in 2003, Etihad has built a fleet of 96 planes, and it carried 11.5 million passengers last year.

The new features will be offered on its 10 new double-deck Airbus 380 aircraft, which will enter service in December. The upper decks will also contain business studios.

Etihad already offers perks including private chefs and in-flight nannies.


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