A New Chapter in Flying Innovated: Etihad’s A380 & B787 Grand Launch in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has capped an incredible 12 months by unveiling its first Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 aircraft .

The doors to the airline’s two new flagship aircraft – in the distinctive new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi’ livery – were opened for the first time to reveal the new cabin interiors, which include the ultra-luxurious Residence by Etihad, the only three-room suite in the sky. The entry into commercial service of the A380 will see the introduction of The Residence by Etihad, a new cabin that has captured the imagination of the air travel industry since it was unveiled in May 2014.

Etihad Airways also unveiled a new cabin crew uniform at a spectacular catwalk fashion show. It’s the first major uniform re-launch since the airline’s formation in 2003 and incorporates the same colours used for the cabin interior and new aircraft livery.

“With the launch of these aircraft, we usher in a new era of unparalleled luxury, comfort and service. These innovations represent our vision for the future”

James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer.

The fashion show saw 22 Etihad Airways cabin crew showcasing the new uniform which has been designed by Italian couturier, Ettore Bilotta. It combines elegance, comfort and practicality and the colours are derived from the new brand identity.Bilotta, in collaboration with the airline’s Guest Services and Guest Experience divisions, chose a warm chocolate brown as the base colour for the different uniform variations. A deep purple colour is added for cabin crew and lounge staff, and a burnt orange accent colour for ground crews and Special Services personnel


The Residence by Etihad™


The ultimate in high-end luxury


A truly unique and bespoke travel experience, delivered with complete discretion and limitless hospitality – The Residence by Etihad.

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The Residence by Etihad features a living room, separate ensuite shower room, and bedroom, and as another first in the airline industry, a dedicatedButler. Measuring 125 square feet in total, The Residence by Etihad™ is located on the forward upper deck of the A380 and is for single or double occupancy.

Did you know that when you fly The Residence your personal Butler will serve you whatever food you would like to eat

Did you know that when you fly The Residence your personal Butler will serve you whatever food you would like to eat?

Designed for up to two guests travelling together, it has been created by leading interior designers and hospitality experts who understand the discernment and sophistication expected by the private traveller. The Residence is a haven of tranquility, reflecting an exclusive lifestyle that offers the ultimate in high-end luxury.

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Legatto Note

  • Fly to London from Abu Dhabi and be the first to experience the luxury of our A380.
  • Flights will operate commercially from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow starting December 2014.

First Apartment by Etihad™


A revolutionised First Class


The A380 is also the only Etihad Airways aircraft to offer the First Apartment which is a complete living space with a reclining lounge chair and an ottoman, which opens up to become a separate 80.5 inch long fully-flat bed. A companion can join you for a meal or meeting in your spacious First Apartment. When travelling with a partner the divider between Apartments can be lowered to join rooms.

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The First Apartments come equipped with an adjustable 24-inch flat screen TV, which can be viewed from the armchair or while relaxing in bed, together with a vanity cabinet with ample lighting and space for your personal effects, a chilled drinks cabinet and a wardrobe. Freshen up before arrival with exclusive amenities and an energising shower in the First Class bathroom.

Legatto Note:

  • Fly to London from Abu Dhabi and be the first to experience the luxury of our A380.
  • Flights will operate commercially from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow starting December 2014.

First Suite by Etihad™


Uncompromised privacy


The First Suite on the Etihad Airways B787 offers guests an enhanced suite with chilled mini- bar, complete privacy and centre seats which can be joined to create a double bed. A total of 70 Business Studios are located on the upper deck of the A380, and the B787 has 28 Business Studios, all offering aisle access and a fully flat bed of up to 80.5 inches long.

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Etihad is proud to redefine First Class with a luxurious travel experience, so exquisite and personal, that it is like being transported to a private universe. Enjoy uncompromised privacy behind closed doors and exquisite features such as a Poltrona Frau leather seat, stylish fabric and finishes, and ambient lighting.

Legatto Notes:

  • Each First Suite has a personal wardrobe, chilled drinks cabinet and space that allows you to entertain another guest.
  • Fly to Dusseldorf and be the first to experience our Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • Flights will operate commercially from Abu Dhabi to Dusseldorf Germany starting February 2015.

Business Class by Etihad™


Style, simplicity and functionality


Business Class with Etihad is not business as usual. The luxury, comfort and service we offer in business equates to that of first class on other airlines. The Business Studios on our A380 and B787 are the embodiment of style, simplicity and functionality.

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The modern design and thoughtful features create a sense of space and freedom, with direct aisle access, convenient storage spaces and mood lighting. The seat converts into a comfortable fully-flat bed of up to 80.5-inches. Relax on all ultra long-haul flights on special mattresses for bedtime comfort in complimentary loungewear.

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A large personal 18-inch touch screen TV with noise-cancelling headsets delivers over 750 hours of the latest blockbusters, timeless classics and interactive games. With a special pneumatic comfort system to adjust the firmness of the seat, in-seat massage and lighting, all at the touch of a button, guests can customise the perfect environment for every stage of the journey.

Legatto Notes:

  • Flights will operate commercially from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow starting December 2014.
  • Fly to London from Abu Dhabi and be the first to experience the luxury of our A380.
  • Flights will operate commercially from Abu Dhabi to Dusseldorf Germany starting February 2015.
  • Fly to Dusseldorf and be the first to experience our Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

 Economy Smart Seat by Etihad™


 Simply Smarter 


Our Economy Smart Seat is the ultimate in clever design, with a unique “fixed wing” headrest that will make the journey even more comfortable. The ergonomically designed seat also has adjustable lumbar support. The seat has a convenient entertainment and connectivity hub with all the accessories within easy reach from the seat-back. The mood lighting system helps provide a relaxed ambience throughout the flight. Subtle changes are designed to stimulate calm, sleep and finally revitalization so you arrive at your destination feeling rested and refreshed.

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Stay entertained with more than 750 hours of on-demand entertainment on your personal 11-inch touch-screen TV, along with our special noise-reduction headsets. Remain connected with mobile and internet access.

Legatto Notes:

  • Flights will operate commercially from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow starting December 2014.
  • Fly to London from Abu Dhabi and be the first to experience the luxury of our A380
  • Fly to Dusseldorf and be the first to experience our Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  • Flights will operate commercially from Abu Dhabi to Dusseldorf Germany starting February 2015.

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Hamyar

Hamyar

In-House Editor

To say Hamyar has traveled would be something of an understatement. His passion for travelling has taken him from Tanzania to Dubai and an enviable number of places between, and the memories he captures always make for interesting reading. As well as travel, other subjects which fall into his expert remit include culture, design, fashion and cars - in other words, a born globetrotting who is destined for great things if his aspirations so far are anything to go by.

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