25 jan 2013 04:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, today opened the doors to one of its brand new aircraft for the airline’s first-ever ‘on-board showcase’ in Washington, DC.
The new B777 aircraft made its maiden voyage from the Boeing Everett factory this week, stopping at Dulles International Airport for the one-day-only event.
An exclusive audience from diplomatic, business and government circles was welcomed onboard the aircraft for a review of Etihad Airways’ award-winning guest experience, in advance of the launch of its daily flights to Washington, DC from March 31.
Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways Vice President Guest Services, said: “Our offering today is the result of tireless and constant innovation and significant investment.
“In creating our guest experience, we look outside the regular parameters of the airline industry, benchmarking instead against the leading hotels and restaurants of the world.
“This means we have a completely different approach to onboard service. Our staff are trained to be hospitality experts; but more than this, they understand that caring for each individual is fundamental to differentiating our guest experience, on the ground and in the air.”
This philosophy is evident in the airline’s unparalleled onboard cuisine created and served by classically-trained Chefs and Food and Beverage Managers recruited from leading fine dining and Michelin Star restaurants.
A team of more than 25 cabin crew were on hand to escort guests around the beautifully designed aircraft interior, with seats by Sogerma, BE Aerospace and Weber, and bespoke features highlighting collaborations with Poltrona Frau, Ettore Billotta, and Panasonic.
Daily flights to Dulles International Airport will provide a capital-to-capital link between Washington, DC and Abu Dhabi, the federal capital of the UAE, with connections onward to Etihad Airways’ global network.
Daniel Barranger, Etihad Airways Vice President Global Sales, said:“The Washington metropolitan region represents a wide geographical spread and strong economy. This route is vital to supporting our ongoing growth in the US and the increasing ties between the US and the United Arab Emirates.
“This region is home to America’s second largest market for travel to the Middle East, with significant demand for premium services. I believe our award winning services will provide greater choice for both business and leisure travellers when we arrive in March.”